I will jail three or more people every week if... - Jerry John Rawlings

Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings has said at the 80th Ada Asafotufiami Festival this Saturday that he would have jailed three persons each week for flouting sanitation offences in the capital every week if his current appointment by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly as Sanitation Ambassador wasn't ceremonial. 

Such a drastic move, according to the former President, would serve as a deterrent to others and even help the government's quest to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa a reality.

“You are lucky the position given to me is just a ceremonial one.

"If I was acting in the actual capacity, I would jail a minimum of three, four, five people a week till Accra becomes clean again. 

“It is disheartening and very unpleasant. Those who collect rubbish come to dump them at the roadside.

"Let’s be a little more patriotic by arresting these persons and teach them a lesson,” said the former President.

Mr. Rawlings who was on August 1, 2017, appointed by the Mayor of Accra, Nii Adjei Sowah, as a ceremonial ambassador of sanitation for Accra used the opportunity at the festival to urge all Ghanaians to protect and guard the environment jealously in order to prevent the spread of diseases from one point to the other in the city.