MPs push for end to dumping of faecal matter into sea

The Parliamentary Select Committee on Local Government wants the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to crack the whip and stop sewage companies from dumping faecal matter into the sea.

Speaking to journalists during of a tour of the Lavender Hill Faecal and Mudor Waste Water Treatment Plant in Accra, Chairperson of Parliamentary Select Committee said Parliament will soon outline sanctions for people who dump untreated fecal matter directly into the sea.

Patricia Appiagyei said she found it difficult to understand why people would continue dumping faeces into the sea despite the campaign against it.

“It is despicable and unthinkable and we should not encourage it under any circumstance. I am wondering why people discharge human excreta into the sea,” she said on Friday during the tour of the Plant.

The Lavender Hill Faecal and Mudor Waste Water Treatment Plant can receive as many as 500 trucks of faecal daily for treatment.

“What we are requiring of AMA is an enforcement and if we find anyone culpable it is possible we will prescribe the right sanctions as lawmakers,” she said.

Former President John Mahama inaugurated the multimillion dollar Accra Mudor Fecal Treatment Plant which was to treat fecal matter in 2016.

Managing Director for Sewerage System Ghana Limited, operators of the plant, Haidar Said, he called for the construction of a similar plant in other parts of the country to ensure an environmentally safe way of fecal matter disposal.