Jumat, 11 Mei 2012


The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has embarked on an exercise to clamp down on the activities of scrap dealers in the metropolis.

To indicate its commitment, the assembly has started impounding  trucks loaded with scraps to prevent them from dumping it at the area close to the Beeyeman Cold stores.

The area is presently littered with all kinds of scraps, making the place perpetually untidy.

The assembly communicated its intention to stop the operations of the scrap dealers in an announcement last September that the trucks of  dealers  who did not abide by the law would be seized.

Soon after the announcement, a combined team of the AMA Task Force and the Ghana Police Service began to arrest offenders.

Till date, over 300 metal scrap trucks have been seized  to enforce the law and also to discourage the movement of the trucks loaded with scraps along the major routes.

The trucks were seized along the Kaneshie -Mallam road, Barnes road, Ministries and Independence road as well as the new George Walker Bush motorway in Accra.

Presently the seized scrap trucks are kept at the  Kaneshie Waste Management Yard of the AMA awaiting the decision by the authorities as to how to dispose of them.

The Chief Metro Guard, Mr Joseph A. Okai, who is also the Head of Operations  of the AMA task force, told the Daily Graphic that the activities of the scrap dealers along major roads obstruct smooth vehicular movement. 

He said they also posed a danger to pedestrians and motorists who use the busy roads and sometimes also contributed to motor accidents in the metropolis.

Additionally, the loads they  carry around town on their trucks also hinder free movement of pedestrians.

Mr Okine noted that due to the exercise, the volume of scraps at the dumping grounds near the Beyeeman Cold Stores has reduced considerably.

“The AMA is planning what measures to take to completely halt the operations of the scrap dealers and also remove the remaining scraps from the area.

Mr Okai observed that to avoid arrest, some of the scarp dealers have resorted to using bicycles as a means of transporting the metals and cautioned them  to desist form the act before the law catches up with them.

"We are aware that they have now changed their mode of transporting the metals and we are also instituting plans to arrest them when we see them," he threatened.

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