Ghana News-The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah has rallied residents of the Kumasi metropolis to do their part to complement efforts by authorities to keep the city clean.
According to him, local authorities can only enforce the laws on sanitation but it would take citizens to obey those rules to make the city clean.
Speaking at the pre-launch of the ‘Keep Kumasi Clean and Green’ (KKCG) project, an initiative by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA)on sanitation in Adum, Mr Osei-Mensah noted that the collaboration between stakeholders in sanitation and residents of the metropolis will to ensure the success of the clean city initiative.
The regional minister cautioned hawkers who are selling at traffic intersections, footbridges as well as roundabouts in the metropolis to desist from that activity, adding the REGSEC will be ruthless with those found trading at these areas henceforth.
‘’We can have a clean environment when citizens and authorities decide to adhere to basic cleanliness methods as well as abide by laws governing how to dispose of waste and refuse’’, Mr Mensah stressed.
Speaking earlier at the elaborate event, Osei Assibey Antwi, MetropolitanChief Executive (MCE) for Kumasi underscored the importance of keeping the Kumasi city clean at all times.
The kind of respect a city gets, he noted is greatly influenced by the way the people in that particular area conducts themselves sanitation wise.
‘’If Kumasi is to be accorded the green city or garden city of West-Africa as it was previously called then the citizenry should at all times engage in ventures aimed at making their environments as well as the city clean’’, the Mayor reiterated.
He, however, commended residents, corporate and individual organizations in the metropolis for voluntarily offering their support to ensure the Keep Kumasi Clean and Green project becomes a success.
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Rt Rev Professor Sarfo Kantanka, the immediate past Diocesan Bishop of the Methodist Church and Chairman of the committee on the clean city initiative cautioned the citizenry against the depositing of plastic and waste in the drains and gutters across the regions.
The Chairman insisted that it is ungodly and a complete display of indiscipline amongst the populace when they litter their environment and live in insanitary conditions.
The metropolis, he stated can only regain the title of the garden city of West Africa when it is able to consciously carry its residents along the path that teaches people how to dispose of waste and plastics properly.
In his succinct remarks, Tony Mensah, officer from the Sanitation Ministry lauded the efforts of the KMA to ensuring it cleans the city and make it green with trees.
This, he noted links up with the vision of the President as well as that of the sanitation ministry.
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