General News of Monday, 7 August 2017
The Accra Mayor says he is focused on creating an intermediate storage facility referred to as the transfer station, to deal with the capital city of Accra’s waste.
Mohammed Adjei Sowah says he is ultimately looking at having to recycle the waste to create energy and other reusable items.
He told Gifty Andoh Appiah on The Pulse program on the JOYNEWS channel on MultiTV Monday, that his goal is not only to make the capital city of Accra clean but to beautify it as well.
According to him, he does not expect the refuse generated to end up on the street but rather, in the designated refuse dumps before being carted to the right dump sites and that is what he is working on.
“I have had more than 20 people who have come to my office wanting to execute recycling contracts but their proposals have all been a copycat of what is happening elsewhere,” adding Ghanaians are not trained to sort out their waste which will make it difficult for the companies.
He said the emergence of scrap dealers has taken most of the metal refuse off the road adding, his outfit is trying to pilot a project of waste separation starting at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.
Accra has been ranked among one of the dirtiest in the world by the United Nations in 2015.
According to the Mayor, for Accra to leapfrog from the dirtiest to the cleanest in Africa will be an uphill task and requires a lot more than slogans, rhetorics, speeches and sound bytes.
“We will be tough on the excessive generation and indiscriminate disposal of all types of wastes – solid, liquid, medical, hazardous emissions as well as land, water, and atmospheric pollution.
“We will not renege on our effort to stop the disposal of dirty oil into the soil by automobile mechanics, incessant burning of e-waste on bare ground and disposal of untreated biomedical waste into the ground without treatment,” he said.
The President’s promise to make the capital city the cleanest in Africa in the next four years has received a boost as the new Mayor of Accra vows to review and improve existing actions on waste management.
At a durbar held in his honor at Mantse Agbonaa in Accra earlier this year, President Akufo-Addo promised to make the state capital the cleanest city on the African continent in the next four years.
Some days after the durbar Mr. Adjei Sowah lauded President Nana Akufo-Addo for his bold vision for Accra and assured him of Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA)’s support towards its achievement.
“The President’s vision is not to make Accra clean but the cleanest and most beautiful in Africa, better than Nairobi in Kenya, Johannesburg, and Capetown in South Africa and Port Luis in Mauritius – the acclaimed cleanest cities in Africa.
“It is a vision to which existing action plans and policies may not be able to attain. The vision requires a change in policy.
“Being managers of the city of Accra, AMA in support of the directive of the Ministry of Sanitation wish to assure the President that we see this vision as realistic and achievable within the time frame and we are ready to take on the challenge,” the Mayor said then.
He urged city dwellers and environmental stakeholders to support his commitment to rid Accra of filthy by the end of his term in office.
Mr. Adjei Sowah said that that they are facing an infrastructural problem which is making it impossible to travel to Nsawam to dump the refuse.
“We need to construct additional transfer stations that can take a lot of refuse at a time. We have the Zoom park but they are also having a challenge as they are not operating at night,” he added.
He said they have insisted that they work around the clock so that if refuse is collected at night they will be able to cart it to its final dumping site.
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has launched an environmental sanitation model dubbed the “sniper Samasama project” to begin a vigorous enforcement of the assembly’s sanitation by-laws.
The model would also guide environmental health officials in their work to guarantee a strict adherence to the laws.
He disclosed that over 20 people at Okaishie have been arrested for open defecation and they will be put before the court adding construction of some of the sanitation courts will be completed soon.