Sunyani On The Verge Of Losing It’s Reputation As The Cleanest City In Ghana

"Sunyani", the capital of the Brong-Ahafo

Region, over the years was voted as the cleanest city in Ghana by the

Ghana Tourist Board.

During the Award giving ceremony, the citation

said "this cleanliness and freshness of the

sights and sounds of this city makes it the

toast of many a visitor to the Brong-Ahafo

region". It continues to employ effective

sustainable waste disposal and traffic

management practices."

Can we still say same about Sunyani today?

The answer to this question is a big no because Sunyani is gradually

losing it's reputation as the cleanest city in Ghana.

My visibility checks in some parts of the city: [Penkwase, New Dormaa,

New Town, Estate, The Zongo community, Area 1 to 4 and the Bosoma

market] clearly indicates that filth is gradually taking over Sunyani.

And it's as a result of the littering habits of Ghanaians.

If we, as a country, accept this reality, then a

solution must be found to it by educating the

public about the need to keep clean environments and stop littering the streets.

Although the MCE, Hon. Kwasi Oppong Ababio once said "to maintain

cleanliness in the Municipality, the Assembly would soon come out with

byelaws to instruct all shops and store owners to place dustbins in

front of their shops and stores."

But as at now nothing of that sought has been made.

Clearly, the government must work on the

mental focus of the people because that is the

only way the country can ensure clean

environments. To achieve this, I suggest that

the various assemblies or local authorities

liaise with the radio stations which can break

the illiteracy barrier, to consistently educate

the public about the need to keep clean

environments. For instance, the radio stations

can use part of their morning show

programmes to appeal to the conscience of the

people to stop littering the streets and stuffing

gutters with garbage.

The recycling of plastic and other waste

could generate a lot of employment. Also

another alternative is to outsource garbage

collection to private contractors as it may be

cheaper and efficient. However, contracts

should be awarded to contractors on merit in

terms of their expertise and capacity. For

example, Zoom Lion is one such contractor

doing a commendable job yet they lack

capacity. The question is,`does it have the

equipment, trucks and technical know-how to

deal with the mammoth task of garbage

collection and waste disposal in the city?


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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