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Ten in Court Over Improper Disposal of Refuse

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As part of measures to curb indiscipline in the country, the Abeka Sanitation and Motor Court has prosecuted eight persons for improper disposal of refuse at unauthorized places contrary to section 56 (a) and (b) of Act 851, of the Public Health Act 2012.

The eight who are residents of Okaishie and its environs in the Ashiedu Keteke Sub-metro are Eneka Dokyi, Ebuka Nnora, Matthew Akrofi, Kofi Asare, Robert Goliete, Samuel Odoi, Ishmael Louis, Baba Idrisu, Kwame Akoto, Kwamena Afeleteh and Yaw Tsre.

Her Ladyship, Victoria Ghansah who presided over the case, on Wednesday fined the eight who pleaded guilty GH¢360 each or in default three months’ imprisonment with hard labour.

The remaining two were granted bail of GH¢1000 each after pleading not guilty, with one surety and are to reappear on December 7, 2017.

Presenting the case, the prosecutor, Miss Delight Dzansi, said all the accused persons were caught and arrested between the hours of 10 pm and 1 am on the 27th and 28th of November 2017 by the Ashiedu Keteke Sub-Metro Sanitation Taskforce.

She said the accused persons who are garbage collectors were arrested at Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB ) Makola branch, Railways, Okaishie, Pasico around Korle Lagoon, and GNTC; thereby causing those places to be unsightly and unhygienic.

Mrs Ghansah further cautioned citizens to cultivate the habit of keeping their environment clean in order to make the city clean.

This is in line with government’s commitment in making Accra the cleanest city in Africa.

Government recently formed the National Sanitation Brigade to take legal actions against those who infringe on the laws of the country.

Amongst their duties is to conduct regular visits to all offices to ensure there is compliance and, where it so requires, take legal action against those infringing on the laws.

Source: Emmanuel Yeboah Britwum/ thePublisher

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