AMA prosecutes 115 persons for sanitation offenses

A total of 115 persons have been prosecuted by the  Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) for failing to comply with its 2017 Sanitation bye-laws between January and March 2022.

Their offences include dumping of waste into drains, burning of refuse in residential areas, insanitary drains in front of their premises, non-registration with accredited waste collectors,  overgrowth of weeds in their surroundings, lack of insanitary household toilets and open defecation. 

The rest were lack of sanitation reports, suitability, health and safety certificate, preparing and selling food under unhygienic conditions, and lack of food handlers certificates.

The AMA Boss who disclosed this in Accra on Friday,  said that during the first quarter, 345 summons were obtained from court out of which 304  were successfully served on offenders. 

She noted that 12 cases were adjourned with 9 bench warrants yet to be effected adding that 168 of the cases were still pending. 

The Chief Executive said the prosecutions form part of ongoing measures by the AMA to enforce its bye-laws to ensure a clean city pointing out that it was an offence under the bye-laws if a person fails to keep the drains that abut his premises up to the middle of the street clean, provide a standard container for refuse storage, uses the services of an unregistered solid or liquid waste contractor, or discharges effluent into the open drains, operates a public or commercial toilet without a valid permit, defecates in the open drains, or indiscriminately dumps solid and liquid waste in open spaces, drains, gutters, behind walls, or burns solid waste in one’s compound.

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She reiterated the Assembly’s commitment to enforcing its bye-laws to deter would-be offenders and urged all residents to be responsible towards the environment adding that the Public Health Department would be visiting household premises for routine checks.



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