Shops in the Central Business District (CBD) in Accra were closed on Thursday for a general clean-up exercise.
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) ordered traders in the CBD to close their shops and partake in a clean-up exercise to rid the city of filth.
The Ghanaian capital, Accra has been engulfed in filth in recent times, which many believe caused the recent cholera outbreak.
6,000 cholera cases have been recorded in Accra so far, with 45 persons losing their lives as a result of the epidemic.
The exercise, which began at exactly 0400GMT, saw refuse trucks stationed at vantage points with AMA officers supervising the exercise.
Speaking to citifmonline.com, traders at the Central Business District lauded the initiative by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, but complained bitterly about the exorbitant prices they were paying and asked authorities to be considerate with them.
However, despite the AMA’s directive for shops to close down, some traders around the UTC area defied the AMA directive, as they went about their normal duties and sold goods to their customers.
Explaining why they refused to partake in the exercise, the traders insisted they had already cleaned up the portion allotted to them by the Assembly and were done for the day.
This exercise, according to some AMA officials who were present on Thursday, will be held regularly to enable the Assembly completely rid the city of filth.
Click to listen to Pearl Akanya Ofori’s report
By: Benjamin Epton Owusu/citifmonline.com/Ghana