AMA secures €2.8 milion for Lavender Hill project

The site of the Lavender Hill.Photo;Mercy Amparbeng (3)The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has secured, 2.8 million Euros facility to expand the faecal waste treatment plant at the Lavender Hill in Accra.

The expansion works involve construction of 12 more digesters to dissolve the faecal matter into fertiliser for agricultural purposes.

The project, which is to begin next month is to be completed in six months.

The Mayor of Accra, Dr. Okoe Vanderpuije, made this known yesterday when he briefed Alhaji Collins Dauda, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, at the project site in Accra.

According to him, another facility had been sourced to rehabilitate the Mudov faecal treatment plant, and expressed optimism that both projects would be completed by September, this year.

Dr. Vanderpuije said the laying of lines from Dansoman through Mamprobi and Kaneshie as well as those from Cantonments, Labone and other parts of Accra have been completed.

He said the treatment plant at Legon was fully operational and the completion of the Lavinda Hill project would close the country’s chapter on the dumping of human excreta into the sea, adding that “the project, when completed would receive about 200 waste trucks a day”.

The Mayor urged the technical committee working on the facilities to do due diligence in the programme, to ensure that the project takes off on time.

Alhaji Dauda commended the Mayor for the foresight, and assured of government’s support for the projects saying Lavinda Hill, must be closed down by September, this year, adding that the transformation would boost the Korle Restoration Project.

The Minister bemoaned the high cholera cases recorded last year, and stressed that every effort would be made to ensure that such outbreaks are not recorded this year.

He appealed to religious leaders, the media, corporate institutions and educational authorities to increase their awareness on the disease through the adoption of best hygienic practices.

In a related development, Alhaji Dauda who also visited the Kpone landfill site, urged the Tema Metropolitan Assembly to take a far-reaching decision to ensure the proper management of the waste site.

This followed the revelation that the 18-acre land acquired for waste dumping would not last the 10 years as expected, due to the lack of dump site in Accra, as all the waste from the capital is sent to the Kpone landfill area.

He asked the assembly to look for another piece of land to develop into a landfill site since the current one would not last for one year.

The Mayor of Tema, Mr. Isaac Ashai Odamteen, briefing the Minister, said the metropolis had a 20 acre land for the second phase of the project under the Tema Compulsory Land Acquisition Scheme.

He said the first phase had four cells all of which had almost been utilised, hence the need for additional land to receive the over 2,000 tons of waste generated everyday adding, “the current facility is over-stretched, that is why we need to act quickly”.

By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu

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