Veep Advocates Effective Waste Management By MMDAs

Vice President Amissah Arthur expressing his view about the refuse. Photo (2)Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has asked Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to be proactive in waste management, warning that shortfalls in that area will not be countenanced.

Expressing worry about the increasing level of filth, especially in Accra and other cities, the Vice President asked the assemblies to intensify their efforts to ensure sanity in the waste disposal and management system.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur made the all on Monday night when he visited the Agbogloshie market and Kokomlemle in Accra to observe the collection of heaps of refuse from dump sites.

The refuse collection was the start of a major crash exercise being spearheaded by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, to clear the capital of all heaps of refuse at the 18 sites.

The piling up of the refuse at the various sites in Accra, was attributed to the intermittent closure of the main landfill site at Kpone.

However, a new landfill site, at Nsawam Adoagyiri, is expected to relieve the Kpone site of the pressure.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur, speaking to journalists at the Agbogbloshie dump site, said the poor waste management system in the city was unacceptable.

He said it was regrettable that the filth had led to the outbreak of cholera resulting in deaths, adding “this must not be allowed to continue.”

The exercise involved about 40 tipper trucks and other heavy equipment deployed to the sites to cart the refuse to the new dumping site provided in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Vice President was accompanied by the Minister of Health, Dr. Kweku Agyeman Mensah, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Julius Debrah and his Deputy Nii Lante Vanderpuye; the Minister of Roads and Highways, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini and the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo.

Mr. Debrah told The Ghanaian Times that the government was determined to stop the spread of the cholera and would do so by ensuring that those responsible for waste collection and disposal did their job.

By Edmund Mingle




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