Chief Akwannuasa Gyimah, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Asokwa last week Tuesday engaged with some tricycle (aboboyaa) drivers who ply their trade near the landfill site at Oti, a suburb within the municipality.
The meeting was a follow up to addressing several complaints the Assembly had had about the activities of some of the drivers.
Some of the drivers, the MCE told this reporter are alleged to have left the refuse they were carrying in the middle of the streets anytime they had breakdowns.
Chief Akwannuasa also hinted of complaints that sought to suggest the drivers drive recklessly on the Atonsu and Ahensan stretch anytime they are conveying refuse to the dumping site.
‘’I have had reports that some of the drivers leave the refuse on the streets anytime they have breakdowns but I decided to come and deliberate with them so they put a stop to it if it’s deliberate’’, Chief Akwannuasa noted.
At the mini-durbar, the MCE commended the drivers for the work they do and the timely nature some of them collect the refuse from the various points they operate within the municipality.
He, however, asked that they apply responsibility in the discharge of their duties since any acts of impunity could be punished by the law.
The MCE asked that rather than dumping the refuse they collect on the ground anytime they have breakdowns, they call for backup to help them convey the refuse to the Oti site.
The art of carting refuse, the MCE reminded the drivers is a sanitation issue and therefore urged them to support the Asokwa Municipal Assembly to keep the community clean.
‘’The Asokwa Assembly is committed to ensuring it does all it can to reduce the incidence of communicable diseases and am counting on you as refuse collectors to help us make our communities and streets clean’’, the MCE noted.
Mohammed Salem, leader of the tricycle riders group thanked the MCE for finding time of his busy schedule to interact with them.
He also commended Chief Akwannuasa and the Presiding Member (PM), Mr Elliot Fosu-Barnor who is also the Assembly Member for Kuwait-Aprabon-Oti for the various admonitions and assured them of heeding to same in the discharge of their duties.
Mr Salem admitted to receiving complaints of some of the drivers dumping refuse on the streets in the Municipality.
He, however, promised to monitor the activities of the drivers henceforth to ensure those who are caught are brought to book swiftly.
‘’We want to assure the MCE and the Asokwa Assembly that from today anybody found to be dumping refuse on the street will not be shielded but handed over to the Police for the law to deal with him or her’’, the group leader stated.
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