From Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi
The Minister for Water Resources and Sanitation, Mr. Joseph Kofi Adda, has commended the Mayor of Kumasi, Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi particularly, and the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) in general, for the bold initiative they have adopted to address waste collection and disposal in the Metropolis.
The KMA has rebranded tricycles (Aboboyaa) solely for the collection and disposal of solid waste in the city and allow for swift rubbish collection in both the residential and commercial areas, to enhance environmental sanitation. Under the initiative, the KMA has registered, coded, tagged and branded about 200 tricycles with orange colour to be installed with tracking devices to monitor their operations – mainly carting waste from the various areas to the landfill site.
The objective of the project is to avoid the situation where Aboboyaa tricycles are used to cart both waste, food and meat interchangeably at the expense of the health of residents, thus helping reduce health hazards associated with waste. It is also intended to help keep Kumasi City clean and green.
For the successful implementation of the project, the KMA, in collaboration with the National Service Secretariat, has recruited about 150 graduates to constitute the Sanitation Crusaders and Sanitation Police to step up education and enforcement of bylaws on sanitation and environment.
The Minister, who was speaking at the launch of the use of the tricycles for waste collection, transportation and disposal in the Metropolis, after acquainting himself with the landfill site, noted that the KMA is the first to ever come out with the concept, and urged all other metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) to emulate the KMA example to ensure clean environments.
He noted that the Aboboyaa concept was convenient and effective in bridging the gap in waste collection in the new sites which are becoming a nuisance, and expressed the hope that their operations would be regulated and well monitored.
Minister Adda stressed that fighting filth is everybody’s concern, and announced that the government had earmarked GH¢200 million this year for the sanitation sector, and that MMDAs would be supported to acquire modern and efficient equipment for sanitation as soon as the Ministry of Finance releases funds for that purpose.
According to Mr. Adda, waste is a resource and not rubbish, for which reason the government is negotiating for funds to add value to waste and trash by acquiring material recovery facilities to convert waste into energy, with the intent to keep the cities clean. Mr. Adda gave the assurance that funds would soon be released to the KMA to carry out urgent rehabilitation works at the Oti landfill site at Dompoase, as well as resource service providers to deliver. The Minister said his outfit would develop an ICT, under which chips would be fixed on waste containers and tricycles to help monitor their operations.
He said waste was an important resource, and that they were working with private organisations and development partners to recycle and convert the huge tonnes of rubbish generated daily across the country into useful products. The Metropolitan Chief Executive of the KMA, Mr. Osei Assibey-Antwi, said US$700,000 would be needed to rehabilitate the Oti landfill site, being the only waste dumping site in the city.
He announced that a non-governmental organisation, Water and Sanitation and Urban Pool (WASUP), had provided US$305,000 to initiate repairs at the landfilI am text block. Click edit button to change this text.