The Abeka District Court fined a man to the tune of GH¢600 for the accumulation of refuse in containers and on bare grounds exposing residents to health harzads.
The man in question, Baba Idrisu owns and operates an apartment at Akweteyman in the Greater Accra Region, an electoral area within the Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly.
On 9th July, 2019 he appeared before the District Court at Fadama on the offences of Insanitary Frontage and Yard Drain Contrary to Section 56 SS a & b of Act 851, Public Health Act 2012 and Accumulation of Refuse in containers and on bare grounds exposed to flies contrary to the Sanitation Act.
According to the prosecutor, Madam Delight Dzansi, a routine inspections conducted on the accused’s premises by a team of Environmental Health Inspectors on 24th April 2019, revealed the existence of sanitation offences and as such, the nuisance was brought to the accused’s attention and summons were later applied for and served on the 24th June, 2019 at which time all the nuisance still existed and in its worst state.
The accused person pleaded guilty with explanation that by then, he had travelled and on his return found the place to be in such mess and attributed it to other houses committing the offence.
Her Lordship asked for Mr. Idrisu’s claim be investigated thoroughly and reported back to court. For this reason, the case was adjourned to 23rd July, 2019 and the accused was granted a bail to the sum of GH¢ 5,000 with one surerity.
The trial continued on 25th July 29, 2019 at exactly 11.16 a.m. As per the report after re-inspection by the Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly’s Environmental Health Inspectors, it was revealed that the nuisance was committed by the accused’s tenants. As at the time of the court proceedings, the accused person has done the needful.
Having done what was expected of Mr. Idrisu, the court fined the accused an amount of GH¢600 or in default, three months imprisonment.
Source: GHANA/ onmaonline.com