Form Neighbourhood Groups To Check Waste Disposal - NCCE

Mr Stephen Heymann, Officer-in-Charge of the Ablekuma South-West Sub-Metro of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has advised residents of Chorkor Chemuanaa to form neighbourhood groups to help check and control the disposal of waste in the community. This, he said, would help keep the community clean, serve as a deterrent to culprits and also regulate the dumping of waste materials into gutters. “The improper disposal of waste in the community mostly ends up in the Chemuanaa Lagoon and this is the cause of the serious flooding and other environmental hazards residents encounter during rainy season. The formation of the group will, therefore, help check such indiscipline activities,” he said. Mr Heymann gave the advice when the Sub-Metro visited Chorkor Chemuanaa, a suburb of Accra, to educate residents on the need to maintain personal hygiene, especially at this time of cholera outbreak. During the visit, it was revealed that there was a heap of refuse at the place with most of the gutters choked with refuse. Mr Heymann, however, gave the assurance of contacting the appropriate authorities to provide residents with refuse containers to curtail the menace. Miss Druscilla Lartey and Mrs Josephine Woode-Nettey, Head and Assistant of Programmes of the Ablekuma South-West Sub-Metro of the NCCE respectively, educated residents on sanitation and cholera. They advised residents and the general public to take proper assessment on their environments to enable them to live healthy lives. Mr Emmanuel Kofi Acolaste, Officer of the Environmental Health Department of the Ablekuma South-West Sub-Metro, called on landlords with houses without toilet facilities to, as a matter of urgency, provide such facilities before they were caught up by the law. He also advised residents to use the public toilets and desist from defecating into the lagoon and the sea. He called on food vendors to obtain medical certificate from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly as a prerequisite to sell food to the public, adding that failure to do so would result in prosecution.