Ghana devotes one day out of seven to environment-related cases

Published: Saturday 15 July 2006

Ghana's ministry of local government, rural development and environment has said a day should be set aside each week for hearing environment-related cases.

"Environmental offences are not being prosecuted in most courts and they continue to cause havoc either deliberately or accidentally," says Jonathan Aboagye, assistant public relations officer of the ministry.

"The worst offence is the indiscriminate disposal of plastic waste. If this is not checked with stringent enforcement of the law, the environment and the nation at large will continue to suffer," he added.

The ministry is at present liaising with the ministry of justice to ensure that the courts are streamlined to conduct their activities in line with environmental protection. "The district assemblies are also being sensitised to impress upon district law courts to set aside days to deal with environment issues," Aboagye said.

The ministry also stressed the need to sensitise their residents about the need to keep the environment and the city clean and green.

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