By: Jerry John Akornor/www.africanakua.com, Ghana.
As a measure to prevent evacuated spaces in the North East Region from being turned into refuse dumping sites again, authorities in the North East Region have decided to turn them into recreational centres.
According to the North East Regional Minister and Member of Parliament for Bunkpurugu, Solomon Namliit Boar, who spoke to the media on the sidelines of the Emergency National Refuse Evacuation Exercise, the region will also ensure refuse containers are put at vantage points and emptied once they get filled up.
Three key towns in the North East Region are benefiting from the exercise by the Sanitation and Water Resources Ministry to get rid of aged and illegal refuse dumps across the country.
Leading the exercise in the regional capital, Nalerigu, Hon. Boar said he will make sure the exercise is sustained to support the President’s sanitation agenda.
“We are not just going to leave the cleared sites like that, we will turn them into recreational centres so that people will not go back to throwing refuse there again”, he said.
Mr. Boar disclosed that the region will also take up the challenge to periodically get rid of refuse dropped in waste bins in the area.
On how the programme will be sustained, the Regional Minister said the RCC will coordinate the assemblies in the region to make it integral part of their action plans in order to keep the region clean.
The Municipal Chief Executive of the East Mamprusi Municipality, Danladi Abdul-Nashir, on his part revealed that the exercise has come to help ease the financial burden on the assembly.
According to him the assembly spent 27, 000 Ghana cedis to get rid of refuse in the area.
“We are very happy that the Sanitation Ministry has come to our aid because this has been a big problem for us. Each time people complain to us but due to financial constraints we are unable to get rid of the refuse.
“Last year we spent over GHC27, 000 to clear some dumpsites and so this will save us some money”, he stressed.
Mr Abdul-Nashir said they will work with waste management giants like Zoomlion Ghana Limited, to periodically empty the refuse containers in the region.
The nationwide exercise to get rid of aged and illegal dumpsites is part of government’s agenda to rid the nation of filth.
In the North East Region, towns like Nalerigu, Gambaga and Lamgbinsi are benefitting from the first phase of the filth evacuation exercise happening across the country.