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In her crusade to ensure that President Nana Akufo-Addo’s dream of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa is achieved, Sanitation and Water Resources Minister, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, on Friday morning stormed the Agbogbloshie market in Accra for firsthand information on the sanitation situation there.
Zoomlion sanitation workers teamed up with their counterparts from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and were on ground clearing woods that had been used to cover gutters which had under them a lot of rubbish – mainly plastic and waste water, with bad stench.
It took the intervention of the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, to direct traffic that was becoming heavy and uncontrollable.
The Minister expressed disappointment at the market women who were sitting comfortably in front of heaps of rubbish and also going about their business normally, as they sell to members of the public who were equally busy buying.
Dapaah had to ask most of the market to sweep the refuse in front of them, while others seeing her in the company of the Accra Mayor, quickly disappeared without notice.
The minister told the market women that her plans of getting them a bath house at the Agbogbloshie market might be abandoned because she has realized that, the market women are not prepared to keep the place neat as they throw refuse about anyhow.
“You should stop disgracing women, why can’t you keep this place clean, I want to help but you people are not allowing me.
“You people are killing us, if the need be we have to sack all of you from here, you need to keep this place clean,” she stated.
She called on Zoomlion representatives to provide bins around so that the market women could dump their refuse in it.
Source: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso