The movement of stray pigs in major residential areas within the Birim Central Municipality in the Eastern Region is becoming a nuisance and a serious threat to the lives of residents, www.ghanagong.com can report.
Our correspondent who visited some of the towns including Akim Oda, the municipal capital, reports how the municipality is slowly becoming unpleasant.
Our correspondent also discovered that the strays pigs, which are dangerous animals and are supposed to be kept in a fenced makeshift structure, have wandered about freely without any action by the Municipal Assembly to enforce the law to prosecute owners of the pigs in these communities.
Majority of the residents who spoke to our correspondent were not happy about the free movement of the pigs because they have been attacking innocent residents, particularly children.
There are fears of a looming outbreak of diseases in the area.
They blamed the Environmental Health Department for not putting in place stringent measures to prosecute the owners of the pigs for letting their pigs roam about freely in these communities, although they had officially reported the mayhem the pigs were causing to the residents and properties in these areas to the Assembly.
Responding to the issue at a meeting, Municipal Chief Executive for Birim Central, Hon Alex Kwabena Frimpong assured of plans to curb the menace.
He warned livestock owners to adopt proper management systems of keeping animals or face sanctions.
Hon Alex Frimpong called on Assembly members in the area to help enforce the law.
“When we arrest the animals, the Assembly men come and beg for them but we will no longer accept that. You are rearing the pigs and should not leave them to eat on the rubbish dump. We cannot continue to blame zoomlion for the filth we have created. What if they decide not to work anymore? We all have to keep our surroundings neat” the MCE said.
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