Nkrumah Circle turning into refuse dump posing health threat to Accra residents

Circle 3The Kwame Nkrumah Circle, in Accra, the country’s capital city, is gradually turning into a refuse dumping site, a situation if not checked can result in cholera outbreak.

Indeed, with the recent cholera outbreak, which killed about 300 people nationwide fresh in our memory, residents of the city are reeling under the fear of a looming disaster if the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) fails to clear the refuse immediately.

The Ghanaian Times observed yesterday that some unscrupulous people had thrown refuse on the shoulders and in the middle of the road and at some spots at Nkrumah Circle.

At the tip toe lane, near Odo Rice restaurant, a heap of refuse was piling up as residents and AMA looked on unconcern.

Apart from the indiscriminate littering, the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange project is also not spared the mess, as refuse made up of degradable and non-degradable materials had been heaped in the middle of the road.

That aside, the heap of refuse along the rail line has been left uncollected for several months now.

Some residents told the Times that the Circle area was unsightly and unhygienic, which does not befit Accra, referred to as the millennium city and can scare tourists and investors.

Commercial motor riders who pleaded anonymity said the development, if not stopped would mar the beauty of the almost completed Kwame Nkrumah interchange.

This is a wakeup call not only for the city authorities, who were expected to collect the refuse and enforce sanity but also residents of Accra, who are expected to obey sanitation laws.

 

By Malik Sullemana

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