Some residents of New Takoradi on Wednesday expressed displeasure about the indiscriminate dumping of human excreta into gutters, market places and the sea by members of the community making the environment unhygienic.
New Takoradi, a fishing community under the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA), is noted for the outbreak of cholera and other communicable diseases due to the low level of public hygiene.
The residents who gathered at the Local Accountability Network (LANET) meeting also complained about the scarcity of places of convenience within the community as well as the closure of the few public toilets in the evening.
LANET is under the Ghana anti corruption coalition implementing the “I am aware ” project in the area of sanitation, education and agriculture among other things.
Mr Theodore Crentsil, a resident of the area, said the haphazard dumping of waste had become worrisome and called on the STMA to, as a matter of urgency, find solutions to the problem.
Madam Esi Ackon, another resident, complained about the constant smoke from the refuse dump in the area which poses a health challenge to the people.
Mr Samuel Amissah Junior, Assembly Member of the Poasi Upper New Takoradi, assured the gathering of the assembly’s plans to alleviate the numerous problems within the community.
A representative of Nana Abaka I, the New Takoradi Chief, called for the reverse of management of the few public places of convenience to the unit committees to ensure that the proceeds were used for maintenance work.
Mrs Mercy Quarshie, the Chairperson of LANET, said the project was to make individuals take responsibility of their environment and monitor development in their respective communities.