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Accra, July 19, GNA – The Abeka Sanitation and
Motor Magistrate Court has fined 21 residents of Lapaz and its environs in
Accra GH¢720.00 each for sanitation offences.

In default, they would serve six months
imprisonment each for dumping refuse at unauthorised places.

The sanitation offenders contravened Section
56(a) and (b) of Act 85, Public Health Act (2012).

The court presided by Mrs Vic

Accra, July 19, GNA – The Abeka Sanitation and
Motor Magistrate Court has fined 21 residents of Lapaz and its environs in
Accra GH¢720.00 each for sanitation offences.

In default, they would serve six months
imprisonment each for dumping refuse at unauthorised places.

The sanitation offenders contravened Section
56(a) and (b) of Act 85, Public Health Act (2012).

The court presided by Mrs Victoria Ghansah
cautioned persons who flouted sanitation laws and that anyone caught would be
given severe sanctions to serve as deterrents.

She advised the offenders to be ambassadors of
clean environment, adding that; “in this county people act like there are no
laws on sanitation.”

Mrs Ghansah urged that; “until one finds a
dust bin, there is the need to keep any generated refuse and dispose it off at
an approved location.”

She called on the Accra Metropolitan Assembly
(AMA) to get residents who had not yet registered under the polluter-pay policy
to do so.

Mr Angle Ketadjo, the Sub-Metro Director of
Okaikoi North of the AMA said for some time now, some unscrupulous persons had
been dumping refuse on the streets of Lapaz along the ‘N1’ Highway in the
night, making the road unattractive.

“Due to this, the sub-Metro formed a taskforce
including the Police to curb the menace which could lead to the outbreak of
cholera and other related diseases,” he said.

Mr Ketadjo said the sanitation offenders were
caught dumping the rubbish at Lapaz main road and others were also caught at
the Lapaz Market.

He said the exercise would continue for the
next three months to curb illegal disposal of waste in the sub-Metro and also
ensure that needed changes in attitude was realised.

GNA


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