Zoomlion Ghana Limited in collaboration with the Ayawaso Central Sub-metro have sensitized women at the Mallam Atta market on the need to keep their environment clean. The engagement which occurred last Thursday at the market was also to identify problems the women go through in their day to day activities and find solutions to resolve them.

A Senior Communications Officer of Zoomlion, Daniel Ohene Obeng said they have realized that people including market women intentionally litter around and dump waste into gutters, expecting the company to clean it because it’s their job. What make it worse, he added was people who engage in open defecation and also those who connect septic tanks into gutters, saying it is a major cause of cholera outbreaks and other diseases in the country. According to him because those bad attitudes are replicated in the market areas, monies spent in sanitation works alone amount to millions of cedis, an amount which can help in the construction of more schools and hospitals to the benefit of all. He charged the Metropolitan Municipals and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to put in place stringent measures to deter them from continuing habit.

Mr Jonathan Abbey, a District Cleansing Officer at the Ayawaso Sub-metro of AMA, bemoaned their lackadaisical attitude towards the Assembly’s organized clean-up exercises in the market to clean their own dirt. He blamed the lack of unity among market women as the cause of their unhygienic situation, adding that it was time to allow it pass and forge ahead in unity to make their environment clean and avoid sicknesses.

In her speech, Asafoanye Ogbedei, Queen Mother of Mallam Atta market partly blamed the market women and sanitation workers for their situation. She called for a strict vigilance watch from AMA on the market to avoid what others do in the market for it to be blamed on them. She further appealed to Zoomlion to assist them with some motor king tricycles to aid in carrying the waste generated at the market.

Other participants were the head of butchers association, the Queen Mother and executives of the market, representatives of the Ayawaso Central Sub-metro, a representative of the assemblyman of the area etc.

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