By: Jerry Akornor/, Ghana

The Upper East Regional Minister, Paulina Patience Abayage, has admonished the people of Bolgatanga to always keep their environment clean and safe.

According to the Minister, one of the challenges of the region is waste management especially that which is produced by sachet water sellers.

She said the municipality is intensifying education on cleanliness adding that they hope to make people change their attitude towards waste disposal. At places where there are no dustbins, for instance, people could keep empty water sachets by putting them into their hand bags, pockets or under their braziers until they deposit them into the next dustbin.  

She made these statements at Bolgatanga when she spoke to the issues concerning waste disposal and management on the sidelines at the ongoing Emergency National Refuse Evacuation Exercise in the Upper East Region.

She said “Bolga is one of the cleanest regions in the country and we hope that when the treatment plant is finally completed, it will improve the sanitation situation in the region,” adding that the exercise was part of the Clean Ghana Agenda.

Hon. Paulina Patience Abayage

The clean-up exercise took place in areas such as charcoal market, SDA, Dagomba Chief’s House, Twin Toilet and Bolco.

The exercise was part of an ongoing emergency national refuse evacuation exercise being undertaken by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) to rid the country of aged dumping sites.

The Municipal Environmental Health Officer for Bolga, Mr Borna Evans said there is the need for the municipality to intensify education on behavioural change towards the way of managing waste.

Mr Borna said the assembly has over 1000 waste bins place at vantage areas to collect refuse and 42 refuse containers, yet still people continue to litter the environment.

He said this year alone the municipal assembly has prosecuted 11 people on sanitation related offences a situation the officer said will continue to serve as deterrent.

“I think that in the near future, what we need to do is to employ people to manage the dumpsite,” he said.

He added that plans are far advanced to create access road at the Sherigu dumpsite to stop dumping the refuse at the gate whenever the rains set in.

He called on the individuals to be responsible for their waste.

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