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Serious action needs to be taken to maintain the neatness of Asmara city, Say residents

Members of the public stressed the need for taking serious action towards maintaining the neatness and charm of Asmara which is among the few neat cities in the African continent. Asmara, 12 October 2010 – Members of the public stressed the need for taking serious action towards maintaining the neatness and charm of Asmara which is among the few neat cities in the African continent.

They stated that although different corners of the city are characterized with praiseworthy neatness that contributed to ensuring public health, the lack of sanitation being witnessed recently in some areas due to lack of garbage depot and negligence needs to be urgently addressed.

They further explained that failure to remove garbage depot after being filled is compelling individuals to dump rubbish in the surrounding area, thus aggravating the scenario.

In a reply he gave to ERINA regarding the issue, the head of the Asmara Sanitation Department, Mr. Michael Beyene, indicated that such problem emanates from lack of enough number of rubbish depot. He further explained that the number of garbage depot has decreased from 250 in the previous years to 150 at present, which decline is mainly caused by negligence on the part of the public to make good use of the facility.

Mr. Michael further pointed out that the necessary step would be taken to tackle the problem and called on the public to back up sanitation activities.

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