Kodie (Ash), Sept 30, GNA – Four tricycle operators including a minor, in the Afigya-Kwabre District have run into trouble with the law for dumping refuse into the Offin River.
Zaliba Sanda, Eric Bodokoo, Botaa and the juvenile, were caught right in the act by a police officer at Ahenkro-Kwaman.
The Offin River, which takes its source from the Asante-Mampong scarp, feeds the Barekese Dam that supplies pipe-borne water to Kumasi and some outlying districts.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Boakye Ansah, the Boaman District Commander, arrested the four as they discharged heaps of garbage they were carrying in the buckets of their tricycles locally referred to as “Aboboyaa” into the river.
Mr Abdul Salam Abdulai, the District Environmental Officer, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA), the offenders would be prosecuted to send a clear message to all that, there would be cost to people who break the assembly’s environmental sanitation bye-laws.
He said the laws would be rigidly enforced to prevent health hazards, adding that, irresponsibility and recklessness would have to stop.