The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah, has entreated people who urinate in open drains to stop the practice because "gutters are not their washrooms".

The minister, who wants an end to this attitude, noted that "there are generations in Ghana who think urinating anywhere, anytime is their right” but added: “It's wrong and we must all speak against this.”

"There are people who sit in very posh cars, they park anywhere, anyhow and urinate...and that must stop," she added.

"We should change our attitudes," she said.

The minister was speaking at the Mole XXXII WASH Conference held at Ejisu in the Ashanti Region on the theme: "Repositioning the WASH sector for emergency response and sustainable development".

She called on Ghanaians, especially parents, to ensure their children do not urinate in open sewers because it is wrong.

She also appealed to illegal small-scale miners (galamseyers) to stop their activities because they are destroying surface waters.

She wants Ghanaians to be bold and speak out when they see water bodies being destroyed by illegal mining activities.

Meanwhile, the driver of the yellow sprinter bus who was seen in a video urinating in the middle of the road in Accra has been arrested.

The driver, whose name is yet to be known, is currently in custody at the Tesano police station, sources have confirmed. It is unclear the exact road on which the driver urinated.

According to AMA bye-law, a person commits an offence if that person defecates in the open, drains. or one's compound and the offender is liable on summary conviction to a fine or imprisonment.

Sources say he will be processed for the misconduct.

In a recent interview, the Head of Public Affairs of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Gilbert Nii Ankrah said the Assembly had intensified its enforcement exercise as part of efforts to keep the city clean hence the summons.

He reiterated the need for citizens to take a keen interest in sanitation issues since ensuring a clean environment was a shared responsibility.

"A clean environment keep us healthy and safe from diseases including Cholera, and other communicable diseases. Ensuring that our communities are clean should not be left only to the Assembly... We must all play a part since we contribute to the generation of waste," he said

He cautioned that stiffer punishment would be meted out to sanitation offenders and urged all to be responsible for keeping the city clean.

By Elisha Adarkwa