The Director of Waste Management at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Tony Mensah, has observed that the lack of a modern waste disposal facility in Accra is threatening the fight against filth in the capital city.

According to him, there is the need for a waste disposal facility that can treat waste for other purposes. This, he said will make President Nana Akufo-Addo’s dream of making Accra the cleanest capital in Africa a reality.

“One major issue affecting waste management in Accra is the lack of an ultramodern disposal facility; we don’t have a dedicated place where we dump the refuse that are collected for treatment. The ones we have are very limited and cannot serve the purpose of treating the waste.”

“The lifespan of the Kpone landfill site is very limited, we have another one in Abokobi which is also full, same as the Nsumea one. And, so, if Accra will be able to deal with the sanitation problem, then we will need the type of disposal facility that can treat the waste,” he told Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM on Tuesday, 14 November .

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has stated that as waste is generated every day, Ghanaians have an obligation to keep the environment clean every day, indicating that the citizenry have to do so daily, and not on a monthly basis.

According to him, “every day is sanitation day”. I recognise, however, that the government cannot do it alone. This is where I wish to call on all of us, especially our Chiefs and Queen Mothers, religious and opinion leaders, civil society organisations, private sector operators, to rise up to the challenge and help make a difference this time around.”

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Monday, 13 November 2017, at the launch of the National Sanitation Campaign at the Banquet Hall of the State House.

In leading by example, President Akufo-Addo noted that every government department and agency, including the Seat of Government, is assigning two officers, to be designated Sanitation Marshal and Deputy Marshal, to oversee compliance of their outfits and their staff to the laid down by-laws with regard to sanitation in their respective offices.

Source: Ghana/


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