The Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly (CCMA) has extended its “Wrap your waste; Own a dustbin” Campaign. In January this year, the CCMA in ensuring good Sanitary practices instituted the campaign to ensure a clean Cape Coast by 2019.
This campaign also falls in line with the honourable Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan’s vision of the region becoming a sanitation haven by the same year.
CCMA recognizing the importance of a cleaned city to its developmental agenda, especially in the area of investments and promotion of Cape Coast as the desired destination for tourism in Ghana, rolled the campaign which targets traders in the market, school children and homes where waste is mostly generated.
The campaign which was earlier projected to end on the 31st of March is now being extended till the end of April, 2018.
The PRO of the CCMA, Richmond Yeboah, explaining the reason for the extension of the campaign said, “The campaign started two months ago and we said that we were going to end on the 31st of March, 2018 and after that the enforcement was going to start but we had to extend the campaign… to make sure that between now and the end of this month we will do more education, more public engagement and make sure we get people to understand what we are doing”.
Mr. Yeboah also mentioned the assembly is more focused on ensuring residents understand the need for maintaining clean environments than prosecution.
“Many people have heard about “Wrap your Waste: Own a Dustbin”, and all that we still want is for them to understand the reason behind it. We still want them to know that it is a collective responsibility to keep the city clean and that we do not want to go into the enforcement for now but then we want to give them a little time to prepare because definitely people trading or selling in the commercial areas, on our streets and all of that will need a dustbin and they have to prepare towards that and so we are giving them that opportunity, the second time to own a dustbin if they don’t have so that when the enforcement starts then we know we have done extensive public education”.
Source: ATL FM NEWS