Gov’t Initiates Measures To Address Poor Sanitation In Accra

The government has initiated measures to manage the waste situation in the Accra metropolis which is causing a lot of public anixiety because of the health implications.

As a first stop working hours of the city’s main landfill site-Kpone Engineered Landfill has been extended from 2 a.m. to 10 p.m. to clear all piled-up waste in the metropolis, a statement from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has stated.

To reduce the current pressure on the Kpone landfill, an alternative temporary disposal site within the Accra metropolis would be used for waste disposal while long-term solutions to the age-old problem was being explored.

Additionally, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development says it has started engaging all stakeholders, particularly the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies and the private service providers on resolving the issues of realistic and prompt payment for the waste management services rendered to them.

“In the long term, the government has secured funds and is in the process of constructing two engineered recycling and landfill facilities in the south-western part of Accra,” said a statement signed by Emmanuel Kwadwo Agyekum, the deputy sector minister.

“This project will be completed in the next 18 months,” it said, adding that; “This is urgent in order to reduce the current pressure on the Kpone landfill and the related high cost that waste management service providers incur in the delivery of sanitation services within the Accra metropolitan area”.

The statement indicated that the ministry would continue to seek funding to provide the required infrastructure such as waste treatment and disposal facilities at vantage points in the Accra metropolis and other municipalities to ensure proper waste management.

It attributed the problem of piled-up waste in many parts of the city to “the interplay of several factors,” including the issue of limited disposal sites, the closing down of a major landfill and the non-payment for services rendered by some of the private waste collection companies.

Since ensuring clean communities was a collective responsibility which required the joint efforts of all stakeholders, the statement encouraged Ghanaians to engage in good sanitary practices and exhibit good waste management behaviour.

It also advised the citizenry to promptly pay for waste management services rendered them to ensure sustainable waste management service delivery in the country.

The Accra metropolis have for some time now, been inundated with mounting garbage, causing serious concern due to the health it poses to residents.

The pungent odour emanating from these piled up refuse dotted across the length and breadth of the city, and the attendant attraction of flies, is reported to have compelled the city authority-Accra Metropolitan Assembly-to issue a GH¢600,000 cheque to waste management contractors to clear the refuse. By Samuel Nuamah

 

 

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