AMA announces hotlines for reporting illegal waste disposal …as Mayor commits to making Accra cleanest city in Africa
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has rolled out plans to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa by setting up a WhatsApp platform to report fly-tipping (indiscriminate disposal of waste) to authorities.
This was announced by the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah, at a press conference on Tuesday.
Speaking at the event, the Mayor said in line with the president’s vision to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa, two numbers that can be accessed via WhatsApp have been given as hotlines for members of the public to send photographic evidence of fly-tipping to the AMA.
The dedicated WhatsApp hotline numbers for reporting and sending photographic evidence of fly-tipping to the AMA are: 0202464444 and 0202464411.
“City dwellers must be watchdogs and ensure that undignified waste disposals are photographed and reported to AMA for immediate action,” Mr. Sowah said.
A 2015 joint report of the World Health Organisation and United Nations ranked Ghana the seventh dirtiest country in the world.
Against this background, President Akufo-Addo pledged, in a meeting with Ga chiefs last month, to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa, saying: “The commitment we are making and which I want you all to make with me is that by the time we end our four-year term, Accra is going to be the cleanest city in Africa.”
This, the Accra Mayor said, calls for concerted efforts by all citizens of the state, and partnership with the private sector to ensure that the vision of the president comes true.
He further stated that government’s strategy to achieve this will be anchored on three main pillars, namely: waste management, beautification of the city, and law enforcement.
On waste management, Mr. Sowah said the assembly will work with relevant bodies and partners to “reduce the use of non-compostable materials such as plastics in the design and manufacturing of products, carrier bags and packaging.”
On beautification of the city, the Mayor said the purpose is to make Accra attractive to both investors and tourists, which will result in increased economic activities, thereby improving livelihoods of dwellers.
He added that very soon, government will publish the Accra City Beautification Plan, which will layout “action plans for promoting stunning architectural designs, urban landscaping, beautification of open spaces and tree planting activities, among others.”
And on law enforcement, Mr. Sowah said existing bye-laws will be “stringently enforced,” adding that there will be a need to revise some.
He further cautioned that offenders of the law will “no longer be handled with kids’ gloves”.