Kumasi — The Ashanti Regional Manager of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mr. Stephen Gyekye-Darko, has deplored the non-enforcement of bye-laws on sanitation, and called for strict enforcement by the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the country to help solve the national canker of filth.
Mr. Gyekye-Darko attributed the pile of filth in the metropolis to the absence of Sanitation Courts to prosecute people who litter the city in contravention of the existing bye laws.
"Proper implementation of sanitation policies should be backed by law,", he told journalists in Kumasi.
Sharing his views on the non-sustainability of waste management programmes in the city during a meeting with media practitioners, Mr. Gyekye-Darko recommended the institution of sanitation courts to enforce bye-laws and ensure sustainable sanitation programmes.
He also called for a revision of the bye-laws on sanitation to make them effective and more deterring.
KMA's bye-law on sanitation, promulgated in 1995 under section 79 Local Government Act 462 of 1993, covers disposal of refuse, removal of weeds and rubbish. It also provides prohibitions against the disposal of litter, refuse, or other matter in gutters and drains, and that any person who contravenes any of the bye-laws commits an offence, and shall be liable, on conviction by a Court or Community Tribunal, to a fine not exceeding GHÂÂ¢20.00 as revised, or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding three months.
Manager Gyekye-Darko noted that enforcement of the bye-laws on sanitation, which seem relaxed, would go a long way to regulate the generation of waste, which management has become a burden on the government financial-wise.
According to him, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) generates about 1,500 tonnes of solid waste per day, out of which Zoomlion, operating in three Sub-Metro areas, hauls about 400 of the 700 tonnes lifted daily.
Mr. Gyekye-Darko also called on media practitioners to cause a change in the attitude of the people towards ensuring a clean environment.
As part of interventions by Zoomlion to enhance sanitation and environment, the Regional Manager disclosed that his outfit had acquired a 100-acre parcel of land in Kumasi for the construction of a composite site to recycle solid waste generated in the city.
He also reiterated the company's commitment to the formation of Zoomkids Clubs in schools to instill good sanitation practices in members, who are to be seen as agents of change.
According to him, about 40 Zoomkids Clubs would be formed in Ashanti Region to help change the mindset of adults, and change the attitude of Ghanaians towards sanitation.
Meanwhile, Mr. Gyekye-Darko, who disclosed that Zoomlion was currently operating in all 37 constituencies in the Ashanti Region, has assured the public of Zoomlion's commitment to quality service to ensure cleaner, greener and healthy sanitation all year round.