AMA to evict illegal traders on pavements by Jan 2018
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has threatened to evict all illegal traders operating along major pavements within the city by January 2018.
Date Created : 12/18/2017 6:14:55 AM : Story Author : Christian Kpesese/Ghanamps.com
As a result, information vans are currently educating the public especially traders to relocate peacefully to designated trading centres before the intended eviction action is carried out.
Areas expected to be affected by the planned eviction exercise includes the Business District of Accra, Kwame Nkrumah Circle, the 37 area and Abeka-Lapaz.
The Mayor of Accra, Alhaji Mohammed Adjei disclosed this during a town hall meeting by the Assembly to explain government’s major policies and projects to its stakeholders where he assured to ensure strict enforcement of bye-laws to guarantee law and order.
Mr Adjei Sowah said the town hall meeting forms part of the constitutional mandate of assembly to keep the public informed, and bring governance closer to their doorstep.
The gathering he said provides an opportunity for the public to demand accountability from those in authority,
The AMA, he said, in the last few months has chalked many successes in the areas of education, road projects, environmental sanitation and revenue mobilization among others.
On the roads sub-sector, the Mayor said his outfit has undertaken asphalt overlays on some selected roads including Orgel, Azumah Nelson, Oyeo and Dantu roads in a bid to strengthen and prolong the lifespan of existing ones, improve ridding quality and reduce travel time.
According to the AMA Boss, the assembly is committed to President Akufo Addo’s vision to make Accra the cleanest and most beautiful city in Africa hence his outfit has declared the National Sanitation days as the ‘’Sanitation Byelaw Enforcement Day’’ to make the city truly clean.
He disclosed that many residents have been prosecuted so far for various sanitation offences.
To help attain that goal, the construction of refuse transfer stations at strategic locations for both trucks and motorised tricycles across the city has been done to ensure efficiency in solid waste management and the promotion of waste reduction, reuse, recovery and recycling techniques to reduce amount of waste to landfill.
The AMA, according to the Mayor is also promoting the conversion of waste to energy and composting since the waste generate has huge components of organic.
On liquid waste management, Mr Adjei Sowah disclosed that the AMA will scale up the development of the city through and improve and revised revenue mobilisation strategy to be rolled-out in 2018.
The new strategy to be championed by a private contractor yet to be selected through competitive tender is design to ensure that enough revenue is generated will help eliminate pilfering.
The new strategy he said has taken into consideration a more mechanized and modernized revenue collection system whiles urging residents and businesses to honour their tax obligations to the Assembly.
In order to ensure safety of all city dwellers, the Mayor said the assembly is collaboration with the police and MTTD to endure safety on the roads especially during the yuletide aimed at pedestrian protection.
He also advocated attitudinal change through waste segregation by schools to help achieve sanitation objectives.
Some of the concerns raised by participants for the consideration of the city authorities during the town hall meeting includes, Sanitation emphasizing the need for firmness by the assembly in implementing the AMA byelaws, decongesting pavements off hawkers.
Minister for Information, Mustapha Hamid, Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ismael Ashitey and Deputy Information Minister, Perry Okudzeto were in attendance.