It is not strange to find stray animals in the capital city of the Upper East Region, Bolgatanga. Several accidents within the city have been attributed to free movement of animals mainly pigs, goats, sheep, donkeys and cattle.
Road users, mostly motorbike riders, sometimes run into stray animals within town resulting in accidents. Aside accidents, traders sometimes lose their wares especially foodstuffs in the market to these animals as they scatter displayed food items.
What is more disgusting is the manner in which stray animals litter the environment with their droppings. In its bid to deal with the nuisance visited on residents by stray animals, the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly has hinted it will soon rehabilitate its kraal where stray animals will be impounded and confined and owners charged to pay fees before collecting them.
The Municipal Chief Executive, Joseph Amiyuure, disclosed this in an exclusive interview with TopNews Ghana shortly after the last Saturday’s clean-up exercise which he described as very successful.
According to him, this strategy will not only help in keeping the municipality clean, it will also help in raking in revenue for the assembly.
He explained that if the kraal is rehabilitated and stray animals impounded and confined, owners who will fail to pay and collect their animals will lose them within a given period as the animals will be sold and the proceeds paid into the assembly’s accounts.
Mr. Amiyuure also disclosed there are plans to fence the new market to protect traders and their wares against criminal elements and also to prevent animals from mingling with traders.