Take charge of your surroundings-Chief Akwannuasa tells market women

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Asokwa, Chief Akwannuasa Gyimah has called on traders and market women at the Atonsu-Agogo market arena to take charge of the cleanliness of their surroundings.

Speaking during a clean-up exercise organized by the Municipal Assembly last Friday, Chief Akwannuasa said it is incumbent on traders to keep the places they sell their items and wares clean at all times.

The clean-up exercises the Municipal Assembly will organize periodically, the MCE noted will only be a reminder to the general public of the need for them as a people to keep the environment clean.

Chief Akwannuasa wondered why some people have the notion that government should clean their environment and immediate surroundings for them.

‘’You as traders and market persons are responsible for the cleanliness of your surroundings and you must ensure you do it daily since this is where you make your living’’, Chief Akwannuasa admonished.


Mincing no words, the Asokwa MCE said the failure of traders to adhere to basic cleanliness at the places they sell will attract sanctions from the Assembly.

He noted there was no way he as the MCE or the Assembly will look on for traders to sell in dirty surroundings.

Chief Akwannuasa said the break out of Cholera, malaria and typhoid fever are the result of untidy environment and surroundings.

Such unfortunate situations, the MCE stressed will not be allowed to befall the Asokwa community as a result of unhygienic conditions.

‘’I make it clear to you as traders that the Asokwa Municipal Assembly will not countenance any behavior that makes your surrounding unclean. We are resolved to sanction any erring trader who refuses to keep his or her place clean’’, Chief Akwannuasa reiterated.


Speaking to this reporter after participating in the clean up exercise with some identifiable groups within the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as well as Asokwa constituency executives, Francis Adomako, Ashanti Regional Organizer of NPP commended the MCE and the Assembly for the clean-up exercise.

Such initiatives, Mr Adomako noted helps to stem the tide of uncleanness in communities since it serves as a reminder to the public on the need to keep clean.

He agreed with the MCE and the Assembly to enforce sanitation laws on persons who continuously make their surroundings untidy.

Edmund Kyei, First Vice-Chairman of the Asokwa NPP called on residents of Asokwa to take part in such clean up exercises to keep the constituency clean.

He also urged market women not to wait for either Zoomlion or the Asokwa Assembly to come before they clean their surroundings since that will be a neglect of their responsibilities.

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