The Accra Metropolitan Assembly AMA task-force at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange on Monday morning forced some pedestrians who used unapproved routes to pick litter around the interchange.
Citi FM’s Hanson Agyemang reported that some pedestrians walked through unauthorized places such as the lawn area under the interchange, and were forced to pay a fine or pick litter.
Offenders who were caught were initially charged GHC 50 as fine.
In an interview with Citi News, Richard Mensah, Executive Secretary of the Task-force, explained that the action was taken since the Ghc50 spot fine has not deterred pedestrians.
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“What we are doing is that, when we get you passing on the lawns there was a spot fine of Ghc 50, but this time around we have realized that people are willing to pay the money so they also want to reluctantly pass through the lawns. Passing though the lawns or unauthorized places we will make you sure you pick around wherever you are walking to serve as a deterrent to other people”.
In a related development, AMA has outlined four major strategies to be implemented to make Accra the cleanest city on the African Continent.
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The AMA boss Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah said the key strategies include education of the public, law enforcement, and infrastructural development.
Meanwhile, Poor sanitation has been a bane of the capital. Over one hundred people died in a cholera outbreak in 2014 and the June 3 disaster which claimed 160 lives was largely due to choked drains and waterways. Despite these disasters, some people still indiscriminately throw refuse around and the National Sanitation Day has consistency seen low patronage.