Offenders of open defecation and improper waste disposal to face a jail term of 1 year- Greater Accra Minister

Open defecation and improper waste disposal to be made a punishable offence in the capital will with offenders facing a jail term of not less than a year. It is part of an eleven point proposal put forth by the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council to address the worsening sanitation problems in the capital. The proposals when passed into law will ensure that “owners or occupiers of Public/Private office building shall be responsible and ensure that the frontage of the building and drains up to the middle of the road is always clean. They shall also ensure that the frontage of the building is greened, concreted, cemented or solidly paved or tiled to the satisfaction of the District Engineer”

It further reveals that “where the owner or occupier of a public/Private Office building fails to comply with the above paragraph, the District Engineer or Town Planning Officer or an agent approved by the Assembly shall undertake the works required and surcharge the owner or occupier of the commercial or industrial building with the cost of works:

The greater Accra Regional Minister Henry Quartey believes full compliance of the by laws would rid the capital city of filth.

Below is a copy of the by laws..

 (Cleaning and Greening of the Frontage of Buildings) Bye-Laws, 2021

  1. Offences

A person commits an offence if that person

  • Fails to provide standard container for refuse storage as prescribed by the Assembly,
  • Receives service from an unauthorized person or uses the services of unregistered solid or liquid waste contractor,
  • Fails to pay the prescribed fee after receiving services from a registered agent or contractor,
  • Refuses without any reasonable cause to allow an accredited agent or contractor of the Assembly solid or liquid waste from the premises of the person,
  • Discharges effluent into the open, drains, the compound of that person or environment,
  • Operates a public or commercial toilet without valid permit from the Assembly
  • Defecates in the open, drains, or one’s compound, or
  • Indiscriminately dumps solid and liquid waste in open spaces, drains, gutters, behind walls, or burns solid waste in one’s compound
  • Allows rodents to infest the premises of that person,
  • Fails to keep the premises free from overgrown weeds & hedges, under bush; stagnant water and any unwholesome or otherwise offensive matter.
  • Fails to keep the frontage of their premises and drains up to the middle of the street clean.

 

  1. Penalty

 

  1. A person who contravenes this Bye-law commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine, not less than one hundred penalty units and not more than two hundred and fifty penalty units or a term of imprisonment of not less than six months and not more than twelve months or to both the fine and imprisonment; and

 

2 Liable to a further penalty of not more than one penalty unit in the case of a continuing offence, for each day on which the offence is continued after written notice of the offence has been served on the offender.

 Cleaning

  • A person who undertakes any commercial or industrial business or a public business shall ensure that the premises and the frontage of that business is clean and kept neat at all times.
  • Where a commercial or industrial operator fails to comply with the immediately preceding paragraph, the Assembly shall notify the person in charge of the business of the non-compliance and require him/her to clean the frontage of the premises within three days.
  • Where the operator fails to comply within the specified period, the Assembly shall undertake the cleaning and surcharge the owner of the business with the cost of the cleaning.
  1.  Residential Buildings

An owner or occupier of a residential building shall be responsible and ensure that the frontage of the building including drains up to the middle of the road is always clean

  • An owner or occupier of a Residential building shall ensure that the frontage of the building is greened, concreted, cemented or solidly paved or tiled to the satisfaction of the District Engineer
  • Where the owner or occupier of a Residential building fails to comply with the above paragraph, the District Engineer or Town Planning Officer or an agent approved by the Assembly shall undertake the works required and surcharge the owner or occupier of the building with the cost of works.

 

  1. Commercial and Industrial Buildings
  • An owner or occupier of a commercial or industrial building shall be responsible and ensure that the frontage of the building drains up to the middle of the road is always clean
  • An owner or occupier of a commercial or industrial building shall ensure that the frontage of the building is greened, concreted, cemented or solidly paved or tiled to the satisfaction of the District Engineer.
  • Where the owner or occupier of a commercial building fails to comply with the above paragraph, the District Engineer or Town Planning Officer or an agent approved by the Assembly shall undertake the works required and surcharge the owner or occupier of the commercial or industrial building with the cost of works.
  • An owner or occupier of a store, shop, market stall or market place shall ensure that the floors and frontage are kept clean of litter, rubbish or filth.
  • Where an owner or occupier of premises permits a person to trade, work or use for any purpose the frontage of the premises, the owner or occupier is severally and jointly liable with the person for the defaults of that person under this bye-law.
  1. Public/Private Office Buildings
  • An owner or occupier of Public/Private office building shall be responsible and ensure that the frontage of the building and drains up to the middle of the road is always clean
  • An owner or occupier of a Public/Private office building shall ensure that the frontage of the building is greened, concreted, cemented or solidly paved or tiled to the satisfaction of the District Engineer
  • Where the owner or occupier of a public/Private Office building fails to comply with the above paragraph, the District Engineer or Town Planning Officer or an agent approved by the Assembly shall undertake the works required and surcharge the owner or occupier of the commercial or industrial building with the cost of works
  1. Liaison with Assembly, Contractors and Agents of the Assembl         An occupier or owner of a commercial/industrial and Public/Private office building shall designate an individual to be responsible for waste management and liaise with the Assembly or a contractor or agent of the Assembly.

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