The Environmental Sanitation Taskforce of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly on Thursday March 10, 2022 arrested ten (10) persons for defecating in some public places in the metropolis.
At a brief presentation ceremony held at the premises of the Assembly, the shore representative of PSG Ghana, Mr. Joseph Oliver Bowers indicated that the gesture is to support and strengthen their relationship with the communities within their operational areas.
The arrest is in accordance with the Assembly’s effort to reduce open defecation in the metropolis so as to ensure a clean and hygienic environment for its people.
Section 14 of the Assembly’s bye-law on Solid and Liquid Waste Management, 2018, states that “No person shall defecate or urinate in any public or open place other than in an approved toilet facility”.
The ten persons arrested include David Yeboah, Francis Eti, Evance Mensah, Daniel Ofori, Abubakar Ibrahim, David Salifu, Kwamena Inkoom, Thomas Abban, Yaw Kumasi and Mohammed Aliu. They were arrested within the Tanokrom, Ngyeresia and Kokompe areas.
Each culprit was fined a spot fee of GH¢200.00 after which they were strongly cautioned to refrain from such practices or risk prosecution next time.
The Metro Environmental Health officer, Mr. Abdul Karim Hudu has stressed on the Assembly’s commitment to eradicate open defecation in the metropolis, hence the taskforce will continue to arrest and fine or prosecute any persons caught open defecating.