AMA embarks on clean-up exercise
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) on Saturday undertook its periodic clean-up exercise in Accra towards the face-lifting of the capital in conformity with its Millennium City Project (MCP).
The World Bank in 2011 supported the AMA MCP with US$3,860,000.00; the AMA has projected US$7.5, 000,000 for the completion of the entire project aimed at making life comfortable for the people in Ghana’s largest metropolis.
The clean-up exercise was therefore to mobilise the people to get involved in the process of transforming the city to hasten the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.
The Ghana News Agency team, which participated in the exercise at the Tema Station and Adabraka-Odawna, noted that the six-hour clean-up attracted personnel from the Economics and Organised Crime Office and the Ghana Police Service with additional support from Zoom Lion and Jekorah Ventures Limited, both waste management companies .
Most businesses and shops within the area were closed during the period as the shop owners and attendants joined the AMA team to clear choked drains.
Mr Mohammed Norgah, Chairman of the Osu-Klottey Sub-Metro and the Assembly Member for Adabraka told the Ghana News Agency that with the imminent onset of the rainy season, there was the need to clear the drains especially those in the flood prone areas.
He assured the public that the exercise was not going to be a nine day wonder, but would be carried out at regular intervals and cautioned market women and the public to desist from dumping solid waste and plastics containers into drains.
He called for attitudinal change among Ghanaians towards waste handling in the cities and urged the media to educate the public on waste disposals, adding that, most of the slabs covering the drains were very old and needs to be replaced to prevent waste from entering it.