For some time now, waste management companies in the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis are unable to dispose refuse at the regular landfill site at Sofokrom. The development is attributed to the rainy season which has rendered the main road to the land fill site inaccessible. Reports are that, refuse in most communities, both Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis and Effia Kwesimintsim municipality have remained unattended to for weeks, a situation which has been described as unhealthy.
The GHC 2 million landfill site was constructed in 2012 to help forestall the indiscriminate dumping of liquid and solid waste at unauthorised places in the metropolis. The site has served its purpose since it was commissioned. However, the main road to the site has become a challenge. Speaking to Skyy news, presiding member for Effia Kwesimintsim municipal assembly John Davis indicated that measures are being taken by both assemblies to ensure the existing challenges are resolved.
“We have cleared a lot of heaps during our tenure of office as leaders of the assembly. However, the problem is still not solved. We clear yet we litter. We experienced some heavy downpour that is making it very easy for the cars to go to the land fill site. At the general assembly meeting yesterday, we resolved that the chief executive, the environmental health officer, the environmental health director, the environmental health chairman and myself are all going to the site to ascertain the rain issue of the ground” he said.
“We cannot use the natural rains as an excuse not to render those services to our people. So we plead with them bear with the system” Mr Davis added.
In a quick response, Mr. Anthony K.K Sam indicated that, the assembly has already begun fixing some of the challenges to ensure the site becomes usable.