Good Way to Go, Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi
We have often said that Ghana does not need additional laws to make things work right, rather, the existing laws needs to be enforced and institutions made to work.
THE PUBLISHER, is pleased that Osei Assibey Antwi, Chief Executive, Osei Assibey Antwi of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has taken it upon himself to ensure that the laws on sanitation work in his jurisdiction.
To this extent, a task force has been established to move around the city and arrest those lawless souls that are only born to litter the environment.
Then the arrested lawbreakers would be sent to the KMA Sanitation Court for prosecution.
We believe once it becomes evident that persons caught in the act of littering the environment are being prosecuted and fined heavily, many many others would be deterred from doing same lawless act.
Sometimes, society needs one bold leader ready to do what is right even if it brings some discomfort to himself and a few big toes.
Osei Assibey Antwi has taken it upon himself to take the bull by the horns and be proactive in tackling the sanitation menace that has plagued many parts of the country.
This is an initiative that should be supported by all well-meaning human beings irrespective of political colors, gender or social class.
A littered environment has adverse consequences on us all. It does not only lead to chocked drains, but it spreads all sorts of preventable diseases.
We hope and pray that other leaders, especially persons appointed to head the various municipal, metropolitan and district assemblies would take a cue from what Osei Assibey Antwi has started and replicate same.
In Accra for instance, the sanitation situation is becoming an unsolvable challenge, not because the Accra Metropolitan Assembly does not know its left from its right, but mainly because we have an attitudinal problem.
Human beings simply do not seem to understand why they should not litter the environment or why they should not dump garbage at unapproved sites.
The situation is sad to an extent a young journalist described it as “One Corner, One Borla”.
Once again, we applaud the Kumasi Mayor for his initiative and we plead our support to help him name and shame the lawless souls that would be sent to the sanitation court.