The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), has organised a clean-up exercise to clear a great amount of filth at Madina market in La-Nkwantanan Municipality.
The NDPC organised the exercise ahead of its forum at British Council on Thursday to solicit views towards making Accra the cleanest city in the whole Africa.
In an interview with this portal, the Director-General of the NDPC, Dr. Kodjo Esseim Mensah-Abrampa indicated they chose Madina market for firsthand information on how people generate filths at market centers, how these filths are collected and disposed.
Dr. Mensah-Abrampa said they were amazed how some women cook variety of foods with filths around them for the general public.
He underscores the need to make the shop owners and tenants, especially those by the road selling responsible of whatever filth created.
The gutters in front of the shop owners/tenants are full of dirts and they had to scoop everything including sand which choked the gutters to prevent easy flow of water.
To this effect, he further suggested that if the shops/tenants who have gutters in front of them made responsible would reduce the level of filths created at the La-Nkwantanan Madina market.
Dr. Mensah-Abrampa, NDPC has also charged the La-Nkwantanan Municipal Assembly to up their operations to make users of the Madina market bear responsibility for their activities which generates lots of filth.
He disclosed the NDPC has learnt a lot from the cleanup exercise and they would also visit JOSPON group of companies for waste management and other land filth sites to see how they collect, manage and process the wastes.
The Director-General, National Development Planning Commission, (NDPC) reiterated they will hold public forum on Thursday December 19, 2019 at British Council.
He disclosed they would come out with comprehensive strategies and policies that would help curb the waste generation and processing that would be sustainable to help the dreams of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa materialize.
The La-Nkwantanan Municipal Chief Executive Officer, Jennifer Dede Adjaben hinted they are doing everything to ensure good sanitation at the Madina market and the whole municipality.
She indicated they have put almost 30 market women and men before the Sanitation Court this month where some were fined whilst others are still facing prosecution.
The MCE said the litter bins placed at vantage points some people normally come to the market from their with sack full of rubbish to dump in them (bins).
Mrs. Dede Adjaben added the Assembly has found a way such that nobody could now open the litter bins as usual to dump sacks full of refuse in them.
By: Delali A. Awuyeh