Eight persons who were standing trial at the Abeka Sanitation and Motor Court for improper disposal of refuse have been fined.
Two others who were also charged with the same offence, however, pleaded not guilty and were accordingly granted bail.
Their action is contrary to section 56 (a) and (b) of Act 851 of the Public Health Act 2012.
The eight who are residents of Okaishie and its environs in the Ashiedu Keteke sub-Metro, are Eneka Dokyi, Ebuka Nnora, Matthew Akrofi, Kofi Asare, Robert Goliete, Samuel Odoi, Ishmael Louis, Baba Idrisu, Kwame Akoto, Kwamena Afeleteh and Yaw Tsre.
The court, presided by Her Ladyship Victoria Guansah, fined the eight who pleaded guilty GHC360 each or in default three months’ imprisonment with hard labour and granted the remaining two who pleaded not guilty bail of GHC1000 each with one surety and are to reappear on December 7, 2017.
The prosecutor, Ms Delight Dzansi, who presented the case, said all the accused persons were caught and arrested between the hours of 10 pm and 1 am on the 27th and 28th of November 2017 by the Ashiedu Keteke sub-Metro Sanitation Taskforce.
She said the accused persons who are garbage collectors were arrested dumping rubbish at the Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB ) Makola branch, Railways, Okaishie, Pasico around Korle Lagoon, and GNTC; thereby causing those places to be unsightly and unhygienic.
Mrs Guansah cautioned citizens to cultivate the habit of keeping their environment clean in order to make the city clean.