Alhaji Mohammed Adjei-Sowah, the Chief Executive Officer, Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), has announced new steps to dramatically transform the city of Accra into the cleanest and by extension the most beautiful city in Africa.

“To be clear, the vision is not merely to keep Accra clean. It is to make the city of Accra cleaner and more beautiful than Nairobi in Kenya, Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa and Port Louis in Mauritius, the acclaimed cleanest cities in Africa,” Alhaji Adjei-Sowah stated at a press conference in Accra.
“It is a vision to which existing action plans and practices may not be able to attain. The vision requires a sea change in policy, action plans, city cleaning approaches, enforcement mechanisms and attitudes,” he said.
It would be recalled that on April 23, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo made a public declaration of government’s vision to make Accra the cleanest, and by extension the most beautiful city of Africa.

Alhaji Adjei-Sowah said: “Being managers of the City of Accra, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly in support of the policy directives of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, we wish to assure the President that we see his vision as realistic and achievable within the time frame and ready to take on the challenge”.
He said in pursuit of this vision, their focus would be on waste management, beautification of the city and law enforcement.
He said the first step to rid the city of filth and pollution was to prevent or cut back on waste generation at the source.
“The vast majority of the city’s waste comes from the type of materials and methods used in producing the products we use or the packaging and construction.

“Many of these are non-reusable, non-biodegradable and sometimes harmful to human health.
“We shall work with relevant bodies and partners to reduce the use of non-compostable materials such as plastics in the design and manufacturing of products, carrier bags and packaging,” he stated.
He urged companies within the city to begin to rethink the way products were designed, manufactured and packaged, bearing in mind the need to reduce waste and use ingredients that were safely reusable, recyclable or returnable to the natural system; adding that “importers must do likewise”.

“We are galvanising a very strong public objection against undignified waste disposal in the city,” Alhaji Adjei-Sowah said.
“It is important that we shift our mindset and openly condemn undignified garbage disposal including littering of streets, gutters and public places, open defecation, dumping of untreated effluent and industrial waste into the Odaw-Korle Lagoon and other water bodies,” he added.
He said there would be sustained public education on acceptable cleanliness practices.
On the city beautification, Alhaji Adjei-Sowah said they would soon publish the Accra City Beautification Plan, which would layout their Action Plans for promoting stunning architectural designs, urban landscaping, beautification of open spaces and tree planting activities.

Concerning law enforcement, the Chief Executive Officer said existing laws would be stringently enforced; explaining that “however, in view of the new vision, we have noted that some of our by-laws would need revision to bring them in line. We have therefore, initiated a holistic review of the by-laws.”
Alhaji Adjei-Sowah said it was time for them to rise to the challenge of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa.
“It is a realistic and achievable vision. But it is one that requires concerted efforts,” he said.
“AMA in collaboration with its partners pledges to show leadership and commitment to the course and will show tangible progress in the coming weeks”.
GNA