‘Sanitation is a shared responsibility’ – MCE
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly in the Greater Accra Region, Mr Boye Laryea, has appealed to Ghanaians to change their mindsets about sanitation to help achieve the President’s dream of making Ghana the cleanest city in Africa.

Date Created : 8/24/2022 12:00:00 AM : Story Author : Cecil Mensah/

According to him, sanitation is a shared responsibility and not only for the Assembly and Assembly members.

He bemoaned the situation when calls are made for clean-up exercises and only a few show-up.

The MCE made this appeal at the launch of the 'Operation Clean Wuoyeman /Apenkwa' campaign. The exercise was under the theme: ‘The Role of Our Religious Bodies, Associations and Opinion Leaders in Our Quest for a Cleaner Environment'.

The launch was organized by the Assemblyman for Wuoyeman Electoral Area in the Okaikwei North municipality, Mr. Patrick Awuku.

He added that those who don’t show up for many of these exercises are the first to complain when things go wrong.

He noted that it is the responsibility of every citizen to ensure his or her environment is cleaned, adding that failure to do so is an offence.

"It is worrying when materials such as fridges and mattresses are dumped in the drainage systems in the municipality," he said. He explained that these attitudes in the municipality have led to a block in the free flow of water when it rains.

"These are all habits that do not augur well for the development of the country," he added.

"As MCE I will do my bit by providing the needed logistics for you to also do your bit by ensuring your
environment is clean."

He said the laws on sanitation will be enforced to ensure citizens do the right things. He appealed to the citizens to register for the 'free bin' programme to enable them to properly manage their waste.

"All the by-laws are available but people need to be educated on them," he posited. The Assemblyman for the area, Patrick Awuku for his part expressed concerns about the attitude of Ghanaians in pleading for people who flout the sanitation laws to be excused.

According to him, these attitudes are not helping the development of the country. He explained that his office will continue to collaborate with religious leaders to champion the course of cleanliness in the area.