The Sunyani Municipal Assembly (SMA) has called for solid collaboration with the Sunyani Traditional Council (STC) to institute a sanitation bye-law to check indiscriminate littering amongst citizens in the city of Sunyani.
The Assembly expressed much worry that the rate at which ‘human beings’ are careless of waste management and litter anyhow in the municipality was generation rampant refuse and that compelling the Assembly to at all times pump the greater portion of its Internally Generated Fund (IGF) into waste management.
Madam Owusu-Banahene Justina, the Municipal Chief Executive expressed grief at a ‘Meet The Press’ series held on Monday in Sunyani and pleaded with the traditional authorities to assist the SMA for a bye-law and its implementations to deal with lackadaisical behaviours of culprits.
She noted “Pressure on our IGF for waste management as the Municipality continues to witness rapid population growth” with the increasingly negative attitude of the people in terms of waste management.
Waste management equipment being used by the Assembly was inadequate and has become obsolete and that was affecting productivity and services delivery, Mad. Owusu-Banahene added.
She said the press engagement was to sensitize and interact with the general citizenry especially the media on the developmental performance of the Assembly from 2018-2020.
The SMA, Mad. Owusu-Banahene stated exists to work in collaboration with all stakeholders to ensure access and quality basic socio-economic services, create a conducive environment for wealth creation and empower the people to effectively participate in local governance.
“This would help the Assembly to become the most progressive and efficient Local Government Authority with an enhanced living condition for all inhabitants,” she said.
Touching on Small and Medium-scale Enterprise development (SMEs) of the Assembly, the MCE revealed that 122 artisans comprising 109 females and 13 males were beneficiaries of kills development training programs in beads making, Mushroom farming, soap making, Fresh Yoghurt and Detergent undertaken by the assembly to improve their living in the Municipality.
Mad. Owusu-Banahene added that 20 Communities in the City were also benefiting from “Green Skills Project Implementation”, an environmentally friendly livelihood project funded by the EU and being implemented by the Assembly and Plan Ghana.
“Some of the projects include Bee keeping, grass cutter, rabbit and snail rearing, poultry, organic vegetable cultivation, fish farming and afforestation,” she indicated.
In the closing remarks, Nana Kwaku Sarbeng, the Akuamuhene of the Sunyani Traditional Area, chair of the program suggested the need for the country to get a sanitation court to deal with sanitation recalcitrant citizens.