Mr. Osei Assibey-Antwi, Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), has said it was imperative that the citizenry gave their all in the campaign to improve environmental sanitation in the country.

The decentralised Assemblies, he said, were confronted with enormous challenges in respect of environmental sanitation management, and to be able to work effectively, they would need the support of the people.

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“We in the local governance system believe that without the cooperation of the people, all efforts aimed at achieving the sustainable development goal (SDG) on sanitation through the enforcement of appropriate bye-laws will be practically difficult”, he noted.

Mr Assibey-Antwi made the call in a speech read on his behalf at a ‘sanitation rally’ in Kumasi, and organised by the Metropolitan Assembly in collaboration with Aliu Mahama Foundation to create awareness on good sanitary practices.

It was part of activities to mark five years anniversary of the passing on of former Vice-President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, noted for his strong principles and high sense of discipline.

Earlier, a security taskforce, comprising the military, police, fire fighters and city guards from the assembly, as well as some volunteer organisations undertook a two-hour procession through the principal streets to educate residents to be sanitation conscious.

This was after they had embarked on a massive clean-up exercise to cleanse the city of filth, and was organised on the theme “Keeping Kumasi Clean”.

The programme is one of the biggest multi-stakeholder clean-up exercises put together in recent time, and comes ahead of the impending final funeral rites of the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem.

Mr. Assibey-Antwi said the Assembly would not compromise on its responsibility to ensuring that the citizenry adhered to sanitation bye-laws.

“Those who fail to comply with our laws will be dealt with”, he noted, and disclosed that the Assembly had over the last eight months arrested and arraigned more than seven people for various sanitation-related offences.

Mr Farouk Mahama, son of the late Vice-President and an Executive Member of the Foundation, described his father as a disciplinarian, therefore, in pursuance of his ideals, the organisation would continue to roll out programmes that promoted discipline in the society.

Mr Gabby Okyere-Darko, Chairman of the Planning Committee for the anniversary, said the anniversary would be used to rekindle the spirit of volunteerism amongst Ghanaians, saying this was in line with the vision of the late former Vice-President, who was selfless and committed to the cause of the nation.
GNA/Newsghana.com.gh

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