The Tamale Metropolitan Assembly has served notice that beginning next week it will commence the prosecution of some landlords who fail to provide latrines for their homes. Such a move, the assembly noted, is to emphasize the overwhelming need for household latrines.
Mr. Adam Abdul Wahab, director of the Environmental Health Unit of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly disclosed this at a sensitization programme on open defecation for pupils of the Yung Dakpem-Yilli Junior High and Primary school. He said there was a shift from the usual enforcement of sanitation laws to educating the people on the need to keep their environments clean.
He lamented the fact that residents of Tamale are not ready to comply with the new approach, compelling the unit to start the prosecutions. Mr.Wahab explained that today’s sensitization exercise is to encourage the children to desist from open defecation while encouraging their parents to construct latrines for use at home.
The Assembly member for the Yung Dakpem-Yili Electoral Area, Mr. Dawuda Abdul Wahab admitted that open defecation is still rampant in the community due to lack of both household latrines and public toilets.
He was however enthused that some landlords in the area have now shown a commitment to construct household latrines in a bid to end open defecation in the community.
By: Saani Lukman