Investment in infrastructure is key to fight against filth in Accra – Mayor

The Chief Executive Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Nii Adjei Sowah, says investment in infrastructure is vital in the fight against filth within the Accra Metropolis.

According to him, the lack of adequate infrastructure is the main challenge of the Assembly in fighting the chronic sanitation issue in the capital city and promised to face it head on.

“Investment in infrastructure is the key to fighting sanitation in Accra, and once you invest in it you can then, effectively, organize and direct people to fight the menace”, he said on Onua FM’s morning show “Yen Nsem Pa” when he outlined strategies in dealing with the thorny sanitation challenges with Bright Kwesi Asempa on Friday.

He added that the AMA lacks temporal storage facilities in the market centers for the heaps of refuse collected daily before transporting them to the main dumping site, saying that, despite all the challenges, the AMA is not relenting on its efforts in finding solution to the age-old sanitation phenomenon in Accra.

“We are trying as much as possible to get compost trucks to collect the refuse to their disposal site, but this involves a lot of money, huge investment and if we are able to achieve that, and together with the implementation of the by-laws, Accra and by extension, Ghana will be a clean country”, he stated.

The Accra Mayor, further stated that the AMA has, in the mean time, incorporated the services of the Tricycle Motor operators into their pool of waste management service providers to help deal with the menace. The challenge however is that the dumping site is very far for the trucks to return quickly to collect more refuse.

Although the assembly has also employed the services of some private sanitation companies, the companies do not have enough vehicles to collect all the refuse generated in a day.

Meanwhile, the Mayor has also warned the public against the indiscriminate dumping of refuse, saying offenders would be arrested.

“It is not the responsibility of the AMA to go round collecting refuse, it is the responsibility of the people to collect refuse they generate themselves”.

By Bright Dzakah/Onua 95.1 fm/

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