Elizabeth Kankam-Boadu, GNA
Kumasi, Aug 09, GNA – The media has been rallied to support Kumasi Metropolitan Authority (KMA) in its sanitation drive by educating the people to embrace good sanitation practices, to keep the Metropolis clean.
Mr Osei-Assibey Antwi, Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), speaking at a media briefing in Kumasi said the KMA despite a litany of programmes including, the latest flagship “Keep Kumasi Clean and Green”, is making a little headway due to widespread negative sanitation practices of most of the citizenry.
“Behavioural change is what is needed to overcome the huge burden and the rising costs of waste collection and disposal because people have decided to generate filth, throw litter around indiscriminately, but are not prepared to pay waste collection tolls,” he added and said it is only the media who can help sensitise the people in this regard.
Outlining some of the sanitation effort so far made, the KMA boss said his office had set up a sanitation task force to enforce sanitation by-laws whiles also placing garbage bins at vantage points for commuters to toss in litter.
Added to these, the KMA had introduced an orange colour-coded tricycles for paid garbage collection services in but some residents avoid this and rather dispose of their huge household waste into the public litter bins without attracting any charge.
Mr Osei-Assibey said the situation was worrying as the unattractive pile of refuse at such vantage sites compelled the KMA to increase collection times whiles also losing revenue.
He warned offenders to stop the practice as they would be made to face the law when caught.
He said under the greening project about 7,000 trees have so far been planted in the Metropolis, to restore its former ‘Garden City’ accolade.