The Abeka Sanitation and Motor Magistrate court on Monday fined 21 people GHc720 each or default serve a six months imprisonment each for dumping refuse at unauthorized places on the Lapaz section of the N1 Highway.

Their action was contrary to section 56(a) and (b) of Act 851, Public Health Act (2012).

The Magistrate, Mrs Victoria Ghansah advised the accused to go and be ambassadors of a clean environment.

She urged AMA to ensure that residents who have not yet registered under the polluter-pay policy are able to do so, adding that persons who will flout sanitation laws would not be spared.

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The Sub Metro Director for Okai-North Sub Metro, Mr. Angel Ketadjo said the offenders were caught dumping the rubbish at Lapaz on the N1 main road and others were also caught at the Lapaz new market road.

They were subsequently sent to the Tesano police station and later to the Abeka Magistrate Motor and Sanitation court of the AMA.

Mr. Ketadjo said a 20-member taskforce including the police are currently in the area to curb the illegal disposal of waste.

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He said that the exercise will continue for the next three months, with ceremonial roads in Achimota, Tesano, Abeka and its surrounding environs being the main focus.