The Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) on Tuesday, January 18, pilot the Greater Accra Regional Minister’s ‘Operation Clean Your Frontage’ project, which is part of the ‘Make Accra Work’ campaign.
In an interview with the GNA monitored by Riversfmonline.com, Mr. Frank Asante, TMA Public Relations Officer, said the Assembly would use the piloting to analyze predicted issues that might surface during the initiative’s actual implementation in the first week of February.
Mr. Asante said the cleaning would take place in front of the TMA and in Tema Community One’s major business district, adding that the day would be used not only for cleaning, but also for sensitizing people and businesses in the region.
He stated that they will focus on the punitive aspect of the effort and use education and sensitization to get everyone to understand the need of keeping their immediate surroundings clean.
According to him, if a nuisance is identified (for example, if the frontage is not well kept), the tenants will be issued a notice for the prohibition of annoyance, which they must remedy within three days; failure to do so will result in a final notice, which will be followed by prosecution.
He stated that the Assembly would focus not only on cleaning the frontage, but also on beautifying the various neighborhoods, and invited homeowners to contact the horticulture department for guidance on plants to be put at their frontage and nearby areas.
Mr. Asante said the TMA had held a number of engagements with stakeholders to get them to understand the ‘Operation Clean Your Frontage’ initiative as a way to get everyone to comply, and that the TMA had held a number of engagements with stakeholders to get them to understand the initiative as a way to get everyone to comply.
He stated that the Assembly’s administration had met with the Tema Traditional Council, clan leaders, Dzaase, Ghana Private Road Transport Union, Market Association, and Association of Ghana Industries thus far, and that conversations were still ongoing to reach out to every grouping in the Metropolis.
Mr. Asante also stated that management had met with the Departments of Public Health and Waste Management, as they would be leading the implementation of ‘Operation Clean Your Frontage.’