At the Agbogbloshie market, 23 traders were detained by Public Health Officers from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) for selling food on bare floors and in unsanitary conditions.
The “Clean Ghana campaign,” which aims to assist in the enforcement of waste management laws and educate the general public on how to manage waste, was resumed on Wednesday by the AMA in conjunction with Multimedia Group (Joy News/Joy FM).
The arrest occurred during that portion of the operation.
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The officials were appalled by the level of disregard for hygiene standards, from foods that were exposed to sunlight for an excessive amount of time to food that was displayed on the streets near clogged gutters.
Hon. Elizabeth Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey, the Mayor of Accra, who joined the team, ordered the traders to be removed immediately from the streets and into the markets where they had shed, expressing her disappointment in the merchants for their disregard for the bylaws governing sanitation enacted by the Assembly.
The head of the AMA reiterated that, despite years of education and engagement, some traders continued to display their goods on the ground and in unauthorized locations, and that the Assembly would not tolerate such offenders any longer, leading to their arrest.