The Secondi- Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly has arrested 14 persons and fined them 200 ghana cedis each on the spot for defecating in public places and beaches in the metropolis. The arrest and the spot fine was carried out by the Environmental and Sanitation Task Force of the Metropolitan Assembly on Friday 26th February 2021.
The exercised was led by the Metropolitan Environmental Health Officer, Mr Johnson Ayrah in some selected towns along the coastal areas. These towns are Essaman, Secondi, Konkompe, Secondi 3rd Street.
The health officer clarified that, this exercise is in line with the Bye-laws of the Metropolitan Assembly and will continue to enforce them to promote cleanliness and sanitation in the Assembly.
The residents of Secondi-Takoradi were advised to refrain from open defecation along the coastal areas to ensure community hygiene.
The spot fine is a good mechanism to deter others from committing similar or same offences in the community. All the 16 regions in the country could adopt similar bye laws to promote community hygiene. Open defecation is a social canker that must be eradicated from our communities with a concerted efforts and unified action. Any person that falls victim should not be spared.
If the whole country could practice this, the president ambition of making Ghana the cleanest country in Africa would be realised?.
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