Seven three minors who were hawking on the streets of Sekondi-Takoradi have been arrested by a taskforce made up of members from the assembly monitoring team. Thirty-two minors were hawking at the Takoradi Central Business District and 41 children at the Kojokrom Market.
The move is part of efforts by the assembly to sanitise the city and ensure minors stop hawking. The assembly told their parents that any of them whose child is arrested in another swoop will be arraigned before court.
“The team will continue the operation tomorrow at other markets within the metropolis. They will also ensure enforcement of directives on public gatherings, closure of beaches, provision of hand-washing facilities and compliance with social distance at the banks, restaurants, transport terminals and all other institutions.
“We are not in normal times, therefore all of us in the city must do well to ensure that we protect ourselves from coronavirus infection,” John Laste, Public Relations Officer of Sekondi Takoradi Municipal Assembly (SMAT), told the B&FT in an interview.
Chief Executive Officer of STMA, Anthony K.K. Sam, has said the exercise is one that is very important – not only for beautification of the city and enforcement of the law, but also to ensure that minors stay in school to get a brighter future.
“We are managing the assembly for the good of all of us. We need everyone to cooperate with us. We will not do anything outside the law. We just want minors off the streets and in school; and that is what we want parents to support us with,” he said in a media interview.