The president of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has launched the ‘Operation clean your frontage’ today, Friday, October 22, 2021 as part of efforts to improve sanitation in the Greater Accra Region.
The initiative, being championed by Hon. Henry Quartey, the Greater Accra Minister with support from the Greater Accra Region Coordinating Council. As part of the agenda towards improving sanitation in the country especially among the youth, the President also launched the ‘Let’s Make Accra Work’ agenda at the Independence Square in Accra, which is expected to help keep Accra and other parts of the capital clean.
The Regional Minister told the pressmen earlier this week that, as part of the “Operation Clean Your Frontage” Campaign, businesses, households, landlords, and all others are expected to be responsible for the cleanliness of their frontages and their immediate surroundings.
The campaign, according to the minister will among other things encourage the greening of the city. He continued that the necessary by-laws have been passed and gazetted by the 29 Assemblies in the Greater Accra Region to enable the lawful implementation of the initiative.
He said there will be a grace period of three months for the operation to be fully implemented after Friday’s launch to allow for all the necessary steps that ought to be taken to go through.
He further pointed out that under the campaign, environmental health officers are expected to regularly inspect the frontage of premises to enforce sanitation regulations adding that there will be a new task force in Accra to enforce compliance.
Speaking to the continued use of tricycle popularly referred to as ‘Aboboya’ in the nation’s capital especially on highways, the Minister noted that he is currently pushing for their bans adding that they are one of the causes of accidents on highways.
On when the launched programme will take effect, the Regional Minister mentioned Tuesday, October 26, 2021, and added that it will take immediate effect.
On what the long-term plan is, he continued that the plan is also to ban the use of tricycles on other major roads in the region and quickly added that for that to be in full force, certain requirements would have to be put in place to regulate their operations in order not to put people put of jobs.