The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) says its efforts to rid the city of filth and to restore order is yielding the desired results given the fact that the decongestion exercise embarked upon by the assembly in January has brought some relieves and benefits to the city.
According to information gathered by Afriwakeradio, the ongoing efforts by the AMA to decongest the city and prevent trading activities on the city’s streets and pedestrian walkways has reduced waste collection from the Central Business District by 30 percent and reduced the cost of collection of waste by a third. It has also contributed to increased productivity in the city by opening up the space for smooth movement of pedestrians without any hindrances by street and pedestrian hawkers.
Speaking in an interview with journalists on Monday after the presentation of 300 Waste bins to 15 public senior high school in the metropolis to kick start waste segregation programme for Senior High Schools (SHS), the Public Relations Officer of the Assembly, Gilbert Ankrah, said the assembly is collecting less than a third of what it used to collect before the exercise began on the 8th of January 2018.
He said the assembly as part of efforts to actualize the clean city agenda, and make the President’s vision of making Accra the cleanest a reality had adopted a four-pronged approach, which focuses on education, enforcement, provision of infrastructure and equipment, and operational strategy.
”Since the decongestion exercise began, the volume of waste we collect in the central business district has reduced by 30%. This is because previously we use three compaction trucks with a capacity of 8.2 tonnes each to lift the waste from the Tudu traffic light to kwasia Dzwasu, but now only one truck is used for the same stretch,” he said.
Mr. Ankrah further explained that the assembly was using two compaction trucks to collect rubbish from the King Tackie Tawiah statue area through the 31st December area to the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD), and the Railways area to the Rawlings park area. However, they are now using only one truck on the same stretch. Stressing therefore that, the waste generated on that stretch has also reduced by half.
He said the volumes of refuse collected around the Adjaben area from Farisco to NIB, has also reduced by five tonnes compared to the initial volume of ten tonnes on the same stretch, adding that traders who sell along the pavements contribute largely to the waste generated in the city.
“The intense trading activities on the city streets lead to congestion and consequently to waste generation that create filth…If we have over three thousand people selling on the streets illegally, with each of them generating about 0.74kg of waste , you can imagine the quantity of waste to be generated daily,” he stressed.
The PR Chief indicated that the AMA has outsourced waste management and waste collection to private companies and urged all residents to look out for these companies to register with them.
“Jekora Ventures and Asadu Royal Waste Company Limited have been assigned to Osu Klottey and Ablekuma North, respectively whiles Liberty Waste is responsible for the waste in Dansoman. The Okaikoi South area, Ayawasu West, and the Abossey Okai enclave have all been assigned to J Stan Owusu and Zoom Domestic Services Limited, while Alliance Waste is expected to collect waste around the Nima and Abeka areas.” He observed.
Mr. Gilbert Ankrah also announced that the assembly would soon roll out a programme to streamline and regulate the activities of motorized refuse collection tricycles in the city. Adding that because they are unable to transport the waste to longer distances they resort to dumping anywhere.
“We want them to be law-abiding citizens and stop dumping waste at unauthorized areas in the capital. We are currently introducing waste collections points and waste mobile transfer stations for easy dumping of waste in the city,” he said.
He called on all traders and the general public to support efforts by the assembly to rid the city of filth to ensure that the President’s dream of making Accra the cleanest becomes a reality.
Source: Clement Akoloh/www.afriwakeradio.com