Enforcing the law Ace Ankomah calls for stiffer punishments for littering

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Private Legal Practitioner, Ace Ankomah says the poor state of Ghana’s urban areas is as a result of the disregard for the laws instituted by the Town and Country Planning Department.

 “…If the law in Ghana is applied, this will be one of the best places to live. But often the problem is a disconnect between the law and the reality,” he said at a forum organised by Citi FM in Accra on the theme ‘Fixing the Urban Mess’.

According to him, there should be stiffer punishments for littering in order to serve as a deterrent to others and also keep the city clean.

“…Can we enforce the law, is society supposed to follow the law or is the law supposed to follow society because if you read Ghana’s law and you look at the practice it is as if we are in two different countries… Literally you can’t throw garbage anywhere except the place the Local Authority has authorised it and, it is an offence.  If you throw garbage out in your yard and the place is not designated by the Local Authority, it is an offence which should be picked up”, he stated.

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