Ghana: Nsumia Residents Says No to Refuse Disposal Site

Maintaining refuse dumping sites has been a major problem for many Districts, Municipal Metropolitan assemblies across the country.

As seepage, flies, air, water and environmental pollution, cholera, diarrhoea and other communicable diseases are some of the main problems found in communities where these dumping sites are located, and which the assemblies find difficult combating.

For these reasons, the inhabitants of Nsumia in the Ga Wast Municipal Assembly, Amasaman, are calling on the assembly to refrain from earmarking an old quarry site in the area for a dumping refuse.

According to Michael Nii Armah Tego, an opinion leader in the community, using the deserted quarry site for a land fill site would bring ill health to the people and pollute the only water body that links the Densu River at Nsawam.

He explained that the Densu River does not only serve its surrounding communities, but also major parts of the Greater Accra Region.

Michael cited the Oblogo and Ablekuma dumping sites in the Ga South Municipal Assembly, Weija, as areas that one must learn from, in order not to bring calamity to the people.

"We do not have a clinic, so we have to travel all the way to Amasaman for medical attention. If this thing is brought here, see the problem it will bring to our people. We would not allow it unless the assembly provides us with a clinic and school for our school going children," he added.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the assembly, Francis K. O. Acheampong, denied the assertion by Michael that the assembly had met with the community elders and that they had given them the go-ahead to use the place for the intend purpose.

He gave the assurance that the assembly would not generate the problems of other landfill sites, because it had put in place appropriate mechanisms to manage the site, and moreover, the assembly would not accept refuse from other sister assemblies.

Francis pointed out that Zoomlion Ghana Limited was partnering the assembly to prepare the deserted quarry and mange it when it is put into full operation.

He added that the Zoomlion Composite was also in the area to ease pressure on the dumping site. Three trucks have been acquired by the assembly for the stated purpose.

When the Accra File visited the site, personnel of Zoomlion were busy pumping out water from the over 20 years old pit, which residents say, had claimed the lives of innocent children.

The PRO added that the assembly had acquired all the necessary documents to enable it use the abandoned quarry site, but Michael denied this.

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