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Two solid waste landfill sites at Kpone and Asokore Mampong are to be decommissioned and re-engineered by the government as a multi-purpose recreational centre.
Waste management giant Zoomlion Ghana Limited through Waste Landfills, to turn the two landfill sites into green recreational facilities.
Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah, announced when she toured the Kpone Landfill site in in the Greater Accra Region Wednesday.
She said the foul and repugnant smell from these sites and the associated health hazards will be a thing of the past when the projects are completed.
“As the rains have set in, they normally come with diseases such as cholera, therefore, this project will help avert those challenges,” the minister explained.
The project which has already started is expected to be completed within eight months. The two recreational centres will have sporting facilities to help unearth sporting talents in the two areas.
General Manager of Waste Landfills, Peter Kwei Dagadu, said that decommissioning and re-engineering works were on-going at the two landfill sites, indicating that the landfill sites have outlived their purpose.
“With this project, we will give these landfill sites new lives, with sport facilities, places of relaxation, space for crusades and other social gatherings could also be held there,” he added.
The Kpone Landfill site has triggered concerns from residents in the area who have over the last months been organizing series of protest to pressurize the government to shut it down over health concerns.
It has been overflowing and continued to be used as dumping ground for solid waste from parts of the Greater Accra Region.