POKU SIKA Hotel at Asafo in Kumasi was temporarily sealed off on Saturday on the orders of Kojo Bonsu, the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive.
The surroundings of the hotel were looking dirty when the mayor and his team arrived there during the March edition of the National Sanitation Day clean-up.
The hotel was operating when other people in the city, including the mayor, were busily clearing choked gutters and sweeping the streets.
Kojo Bonsu therefore became extremely peeved upon realizing that the gutters close to the hotel were filled with filth, but nobody was clearing it.
He therefore ordered the sanitation inspectors of the assembly to lock up the hotel and ensure that its staff took part in the sanitation exercise.
A washing bay close to the hotel was also locked by the angry-looking mayor, because its surroundings were equally dirty.
Kojo Bonsu stated that the hotel and the washing bay would be reopened only after their surroundings had been kept tidy.
He stressed the need for the people to actively take part in the monthly sanitation exercise instituted by government to keep the country clean.
According to him, the assembly was determined to ensure that Kumasi and its people always participated in the programme.
Meanwhile, the March edition of the exercise attracted little patronage in Kumasi and most parts of the Ashanti Region as a few people swept the streets and cleared choked gutters.
Most of the people that the paper spoke to said they were not aware that last Saturday was the day for the sanitation exercise.
They blamed government for not making much noise about the programme, hence their failure to take part in it.
According to the people, the vim that the programme was started with is no longer there, and feared that the programme might not be sustained for long.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi
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