The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) on Thursday, 4 May undertook a massive clean-up and pavement decongestion exercise at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle interchange.
The joint taskforce, made up of the AMA, National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), and Police demolished stalls on the pavement and burnt it with other debris.
Speaking to journalists, Moses Agbor, Head of the Rapid Response Unit of the AMA, said the assembly was determined to help President Nana Akufo-Addo’s vision of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa.
“l’ll make sure I position my task force at vantage points to make sure they protect the interest of the people within the area. I have about 45 taskforce personnel in the whole Circle and I will position them [strategically]. Some will be under the bridge and around the pavement and make sure nobody puts something on the ground and nobody sells on the pavement,” he said.
“We need the media to support us in this exercise. It is your duty to speak good about the AMA so that we can also have the courage to sustain the work, but if the media are not talking good about what we are doing and sabotaging AMA, do you think we can do it?… The president has already said under his term he would make sure Accra is the cleanest city and we have to start with Circle…”
Mr Agbor also pleaded with the traders to heed the directive not to return to sell on the pavement and asked them to relocate to the Pedestrian Shopping Mall where he said they had about 3000 shops ready to accommodate them.
He further disclosed that to keep the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and its surroundings clean, the AMA will organise a clean-up exercise twice every week – Monday and Fridays – and a joint clean-up exercise with the traders twice monthly.