Ministry seeks to recruit 147 litter wardens

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government has resumed the recruitment of Litter Prevention Wardens across the nation.

A total of 147 wardens are to be recruited.

Litter Prevention Wardens are mandated to ensure the implementation of the Litter Act Chap:  30: 52 in accordance with the Municipal Corporations policies, procedures and arrangements.

Consequently, they are an integral resource to all corporations with regard to public health and sanitation.

The duties of the wardens include street and public patrols, the detection of offences which culminate in litter offences or warrant a clean-up order and the investigation of complaints and the preparation of statements and/or reports to use in the prosecution of said complaints.

Additionally, the wardens are expected to liaise with councils and statutory bodies such as the Emergency Management Authority (EMA) on matters which affect public health and safety issues.

As the rainy season progresses, the ministry is reminding citizens to refrain from illegally dumping garbage and to report any instances of illegal dumping.

"Not only do these activities pose a severe health hazard as illegal dumping sites facilitate vermin and disease, they also increase the potential and severity of flooding," the statement said.

The ministry says persons caught in breach of the Litter Act will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

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