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Residents need tools to undertake clean-up – Assemblyman

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Mr Ofori Amanfo, the Assembly member for Yaabem North in Agona West Municipality has called on the Assembly to provide residents with tools to undertake clean-up exercises in the area.

He said they were eager to mobilise residents to undertake clean-up exercises daily in their communities, but lacked logistics.

Mr Amanfo made the call when he spoke with journalists to express his worry about the pile-up of refuse in the Agona West Municipality, which was causing diseases among the people.

He said: “We love to see to it that every day is declared as national sanitation day as was proclaimed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to all Ghanaians, but the assembly is not providing us the tools to work to make the towns and villages in the municipality clean.”

The National Sanitation Day came into inception in 2015 to ensure that Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies teamed-up with other stakeholders to tidy their various areas.

Meanwhile, residents of Agona Swedru have boycotted the monthly National Sanitation Clean-up exercise with the reason that the assembly was doing little to solve sanitation problem in the Municipality.

According to sources at the Assembly, the last Saturday’s exercise held on October 6, this year, was attended by a skeleton staff of Agona West Municipal Assembly and Zoomlion Ghana Limited including only three out of 16 Assembly Members.

The sources said the participants were addressed by Nana Esieni, Nifahene of Swedruman Council of Chiefs, Mr Frank Abban, the Presiding Member of the Assembly and Mr George Freeman, the Head of the Agona West Municipal Environmental Health and Sanitation.

Mr Abban said sanitation issues needed collective efforts from all and sundry and urged residents of the municipality to put their shoulder to the wheel to help keep the environment clean.

Nana Esieni expressed worry about the attitude of the residents of Agona Swedru for failing to actively participate in the clean-up exercise and entreated them to put a stop to such act, giving the assurance that the Sanitation Committee of the Council would liaise with the Assembly to ensure that the area was kept tidy to prevent outbreak of diseases.

Mr George Freeman, said the Assembly had gazetted its bye-laws that would empower it to arrest and prosecute sanitation offenders and his outfit had embarked on a programme at churches, mosques, market places and other social gatherings to educate the people on them.

Source: GNA

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