The Upper East Regional Minister, Paulina Patience Abayage, has admonished the people of Bolgatanga to always keep their environment clean and safe.
According to the minister, one of the challenges the region is facing is as a results of littering by sachet water sellers.
Ms Abayage made these comments during the ongoing evacuation of dumpsites across the country, saying “Bolga is one of the cleanest region in the country and we hope that when the treatment plant is finally completed, it will improve the sanitation situation in the region.”
She said the exercise was part of the Clean Ghana Agenda and the exercise took place in areas such as charcoal market, SDA, Dagomba Chief’s House, Twin Toilet and Bolco.
The national refuse evacuation exercise being carried out by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) is to rid the country of aged dumping sites.
The Municipal Environmental Health Officer for Bolga, Mr Borna Evans, said there is the need for the municipality to intensify education on behavioral change towards the way of managing waste.
Mr. Borna said the assembly has over 1000 waste bins placed at vantage areas to collect refuse and 42 refuse containers, yet people continue to litter the environment.
He said this year alone, the municipal assembly has prosecuted 11 people on sanitation related offences a move the officer said will continue to serve as determinant.
“I think that in the near future, what we need to do is to employ people to manage the dumpsite,” he said.
He added that plans are far advanced to create access road at the Sherigu dumpsite to stop dumping of refuse at the gate whenever the rains set in. He called on the individuals to be responsible for their waste.