From; James Sherifdeen, Kumasi
The National Advisor to Lotto Retailers and Marketing companies, Mr Dominic Kwame Asamoah, has stressed the need for government to absorb the cost of garbage residents dump at refuse sites daily to curb sanitation issues which is affecting regional, district capitals and villages nationwide.
He noted that, since the current laws governing sanitation are downplayed and treated with contempt, the Ministry of Local Government, should collaborate with the government and present his suggestion before parliament for approval.
Mr Asamoah, who was speaking to this paper on the number of heaped refuse dumps and minor ones in the Kumasi Metropolis which is breeding mosquitoes, said he always feels sad, when he sees refuse dumps with flies flying around in the open, even though various assemblies have sanitation inspectors, who are charged to go round to inspect sanitation and submit their reports to their assemblies to take action.
He said, such officers though are on payroll, do not do their work, thus paving the way for people to pollute the environment and also suggested that, spot fines or in default three months jail term, especially for city dwellers and hawkers, who fail to observe sanitation laws, as well as households, who refuse to use bins placed at their disposal for dumping refuse.
Mr Asamoah who is also linguist to the Chief of Donyina near Kumasi, Nana Osei Brafo II noted that, though the laws are already there, it is not being implemented, but if parliament revamps it with accompanying punishment, cases of Malaria and other ailment, that are acquired through sanitation, leading to death, would be minimized.