4 February 2013

Ghana: TMA Battles Filth in Tema

The Waste Management Department of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) on Tuesday cleared massive heaps of refuse at the Tema Central market, which insanitary condition has over the years been a source of worry to residents.

Workers of the department, right from the Manager to the last labourer, converged at the refuse dumping site to get rid of the mounting filth that had engulfed the market, otherwise, known as Kwasea Dwaso.

A huge pay-loader and about six conveying trucks took turns to ensure that the mountain of refuse was reduced to the ground, thus giving relief to visitors to the market, especially the market women.

Madam Efua Kwantsima, a trader, was so grateful for the work the department had done and appealed to them to continue to maintain the momentum, pleading "This should not be a nine day wonder".

Later in an interview with the Tema File, Mr. Edward Mba, head of the Waste Management Department, said his outfit had instituted measures to address the sanitation issues in the Tema Metropolis.

"And true to our word today we have cleared the backlog of refuse which had been accumulated at the Tema Community One main market. Additionally, we have instituted measures to forestall its recurrence.

"We intend to continue to clear any such backlog within the Metropolis and one such area we aim to tackle by the close of this week is the Ashaiman overpass", Mr. Mba explained.

He indicated that his outfit had zoned the Metropolis and awarded the franchise to various refuse collection contractors and appealed to all residents to register with those contractors and give their refuse to them, rather than dump them indiscriminately.

He hinted that a dumping site is no longer a problem as the newly constructed sanitary land fill at Kpone is ready and even receiving refuse from Accra and surrounding Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in and around the Greater Accra region as a result of the closure of the Achimota Dumping site.

"The new landfill is environmentally friendly and socially acceptable than the previous dumping site that was used, and we hope to maintain the high standards", he assured.

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