The Municipal Chief Executive of the Awutu Senya East Municipality, Madam Anita Love Obo Amissah, has admitted that sanitation is a major challenge to Kasoa.
She stated that while the Municipality has done its best to address sanitation issues, the major threat to the campaign’s success has been an attitude shift.
According to the MCE, one major challenge they have to deal with is the indiscriminate disposal of waste by residents in the area.
Several offenders she disclosed had been taken to court and fined, however, the issue persists.
To help deal with the situation, he has announced that the Municipality will review the by-laws and that anyone caught disposing of waste indiscriminately will not only be fined, but will also be required to collect the waste from the location where they dispose of it.
She told Frontline host Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that the area lacks a dumping site and that land designated for the purpose could not be used due to land litigation.
Another issue, according to the MCE, is that residents steal the dustbins that are placed at strategic locations to collect waste in the area.
“Sanitation is a major challenge we face in the area,” she told the host. However, one of the reasons we have not been able to deal with sanitation is the people’s attitude. Residents in the area steal dustbins that are placed in the area to collect waste, which may surprise you. It is an attitude shift. The disposal of waste in Kasoa has revealed that the residents of the area place little value on sanity. We started Operation Clean Your Frontage, and just last Thursday, we cleaned the area and made it look nice. It took less than 24 hours, and the area was filthy.
There is no room for waste containers. However, if you put dustbins in the area, they will steal them. We arrested and prosecuted some of them, who were fined. However, we have discovered that some of them are unable to pay, so we are working with the judge to devise a new measure in which offenders would be forced to sweep the areas where they dispose of their garbage.
It would be unfair to claim that nothing has been accomplished in the area of sanitation since she took over, she added.
The MCE stated that they were able to purchase new vehicles and other materials to aid in waste collection in the municipality.