By: Jerry Akornor/www.africanakua.com, Ghana
The Sanitation and Water Resources Ministry is expected to kick-off evacuation of three old-aged community dumping sites located at Akyem Kade, Asuom and Nkwantanang to final disposal sites at Adonkrono within the Kwaebibirem Municipality of the Eastern Region this week.
The over ten-year old community dumping sites at Akyem Kade, Asuom and Nkwantanang have been sources of worry to residents because they pollute the environment.
Apart from the environmental pollution, the Akyem Kade dumping site is closed to Kadewa River producing horrendous stench.
According to Municipal Chief Executive of Kwaebibirem Municipal Assembly Hon. Seth Antwi Boasiako, the five-day exercise scheduled to commence later this week is in line with President Akufo-Addo’s avowed agenda to make Ghana a clean country within the West African sub region.
He told Africa Nakua’s Jerry Akornor that “The evacuation when completed will be a great relief to the residents and municipality, I am very happy. This is in accordance with President Akufo-Addo’s aim of cleaning the country”.
According to Mr. Seth Antwi Boasiako, the empty spaces in Akyem Kade, Asuom and Nkwantanang after the evacuation will be given to artisans for their operations to create employment.
“I’ve arranged with my management and chiefs to give the spaces artisans in a bid to create jobs”.
Apart from this, trees would be planted by forestry officials whilst ensuring adequate security.
Meanwhile, Mr. Seth Antwi Boasiako has appealed to Jospon Group of Companies to partner his outfit to establish a treatment plant in the Kwaebibirim municipality.
“It will be very appropriate if Zoomlion can collaborate with the assembly to set up a treatment plant. I thank President Akufo-Addo, Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, and Jospon Group of Companies for their efforts.
Residents of Akyem Kade, Asuom and Nkwantanang have however been entreated by the Kwaebibirem Municipal Assembly to stop indiscriminate dumping of refuse at the spaces after the evacuating exercise to escape cholera outbreaks in the era of infectious Covid-19 and rainy season.