AMA Pays GH¢600,000.00 To Waste Management Contractors

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has issued a cheque of Six Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢600,000.00) to waste management contractors as part payment of amount it owed them.

The Assembly is also hoping to issue another GH¢600,000.00 to the companies in the next two weeks.

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly has been in debt to the waste management contractors to the tune of 2.2million Ghana Cedis before the introduction of the Polluter Pay System.

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has introduced the new waste management system, the Polluters Pay Principle (PPP), which was ensure that monies collected at central container sites go directly to solid waste collection companies.

This system would significantly relieve both the assembly and government of the huge cost involved in the lifting of solid waste from central containers to the final disposal sites when operational in the next few months.

The debt owed these the waste management companies, according to the Mayor of Accra, Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije has affected their operations as they were unable to pay for dumping of refuse at the Kpone Engineered Landfill Site.

‘The Managers of the Landfill Site need to be paid, and because we owe the Contractors, they are also unable to settle their debt with the landfill site managers. This is making it very difficult to run the landfill site,’ he noted.

At a press conference to present the cheque of GH¢600,000.00 to Environmental Sanitation Providers’ Association (ESPA) the Mayor averred that environmental sanitation is key to the development of the nation and that irrespective of the many major successes the nation chalks, poor sanitation situation can dent its enviable achievements.

He also noted that the Assembly had introduced the Polluter Pay System to ensure that people pay for waste they generate, but three years into its implementation, there were some difficulties which had to do with payment at the landfill site since waste management companies now rely on only one site to dump the waste.

According to him, the time has come for the Assembly to take a closer look at service delivery in area of sanitation and waste management hence, the payment to enable operators stay in business.

The Mayor said, the Assembly is working hard to ensure that waste management contractors have a smooth atmosphere in carrying out their duties so as to ensure a clean community.

He however mentioned that government, through the Ministry of Finance, has signed the Loan Agreement for the full implementation of the CONTI Project and that in January 2015, the Assembly will begin the construction of an engineered landfill site in Dankyira.

He also gave the assurance that 24 waste management trucks will be distributed under the CONTI Project as well as free bins and that the lavender hill will soon be closed as the Assembly will establish liquid waste management plant to cater for that kind of waste.

Dr. Okoe Vanderpuije averred that there will also be the dredging of the Korle-Lagoon, adding that ‘we are also going to process liquid waste into diesel under the CONTI Project.’

He also mentioned that there will be an established four transfer stations which will assist in the dumping of waste to the landfill sites.

Although he expressed the fear that the that Ghana is far from achieving the Millennium Development Goal 7 (MDG7) on environmental sanitation by the 2015 deadline, he gave the assurance that much will be achieved in that regard.

He also called on all to ensure good sanitation habits and endeavour to abide by the bye-laws that govern sanitation and its related issues.

A representative from the Environmental Sanitation Providers’ Association who received the cheque on behalf of the member companies, expressed the hope that member companies will put the money paid them into good use so as to ensure smooth delivery of service to the people.

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