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In STMA, electronic “Tankas” will be usable

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The Assembly has purchased the necessary equipment, according to Mr. Abdul Karim Hudu, the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Environmental Health Officer, to launch the “Electronic Tankas” model in all of the Metropolis’ electoral districts.

In order to digitalize the operations of the Environmental Health Departments in the 14 Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies in the Western Region of Ghana, the Western Regional Coordinating Council, led by Mr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, proposed the Electronic Tankas model, also known as “E-Tankas.”

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Due to this, a mobile and online application called E-TANKAS was created. It is a short form for the Electronic Town Council and was created to replace the manual methods of controlling and reporting garbage nuisance in society with an electronic platform.

He outlined how the software would help the 14 Metropolitan, Municipal, and District assembly’ local assembly automate the management of environmental health.

It would make it easier to keep track of the environmental health problems that the various communities within the districts and the entire region are facing.

The programme would also aid in identifying offenders who violate environmental health sanitation regulations and act as a means for raising money to stop leaks from the Environmental Health Department’s fines and fees.

After the pilot project in three districts of the Region, Mr. Hudu informed the Ghana News Agency that it had become crucial for a regional roll out to repeat the accomplishments noted under the pilot phase.

Spot fines between GHS 200 and GHS 1000, according to him, have been implemented for both household and business annoyance.

Mr. Hudu stated that in order for the service to be implemented in May of this year, the Assembly has begun outdoor interaction with stakeholders on the new model.

The officer urged the community to follow all sanitation by-laws, stating that offences including open defecation, bush burning, household or kitchen waste, and animal rearing without a permission would all result in spot fines.

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