Haphazard dumping of refuse at Kumasi CBD worrying

General news from Thursday, December 23, 2021

Source: GNA


Samuel Pyne, the Mayor of Kumasi

Samuel Pyne, the mayor of Kumasi, said he was not happy with the blatant disregard for environmental health regulations by traders doing business in the central business district (CBD).

For a metropolis that wants to restore its former status as the “garden city of West Africa”, the trend, especially the random waste disposal, did not bode well.

“Traders are required to respond to environmental regulations as we cannot afford to do business in the dirt,” Pyne told the Ghana News Agency (GNA).

It did so after he had the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) conduct a massive cleanup in the CBD ahead of the Christmas celebrations.

The five-hour exercise uncovered how some traders had turned the CBD’s drainage system into a landfill – a practice that resulted in clogged gutters with associated environmental and health effects.

Participants in the exercise, led by the Environmental-Sanitation Department of KMA and Zoomlion Ghana Limited, had a hectic time with the stench from clogged gutters and standing liquid waste.

“We need a change of attitudes as a people,” said Pyne, warning that the congregation has chosen to be ruthless with those who violate environmental sanitation ordinances.

He said his government decided to conduct regular cleansing exercises to enhance the CBD’s scenic beauty.

The gathering is also in contact with the media to educate traders and the public about the need to keep their surroundings clean at all times.