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14.11.2008 Regional News

Obuasi MCE tackles sanitation

By Albert Nana Asante, Obuasi - Ghanaian Chronicle

MINDFUL of the huge task ahead of him, in the area of refuse collection in the Obuasi Municipality, Mr. Owusu Gyamerah, the new Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), on Tuesday visited the final refuse disposal site at Ahansoyewodea, a suburb of Obuasi, to acquaint himself with challenges there.

Mr. Gyamerah, who was accompanied by the Municipal Environmental Officer, Mr. Emmanuel Owusu Ansah, and an official of the Information Department of the Assembly, Madam Jean Asantewaa, also visited some selected refuse collection points.

Speaking to the media after the visit, he said issues bordering on the health of the people were critical, and that was why he decided to visit the site to get first hand information on it.

“I cannot sit at my office and say that I am battling sanitation, when I am not aware of the problems on the ground that is why I am here today. The mission is to identify the problems here, and see how best we can together solve them,” he expressed.

Mr. Gyamerah called for concerted efforts at addressing sanitation problems in the municipality, but gave the assurance that his administration would do everything possible to regain its status as one of the cleanest municipalities in the country.

The MCE, who announced that sanitation was one of his major visions, appealed to the environmental sanitation staff at the assembly, to support him in addressing the problems, to promote the health of the people in the municipality.

The Municipal Environmental Officer, on his part, said that the assembly would require a bulldozer and other environmental equipment to manage the 125 acre refuse disposal site.

He disclosed that the area, which before the introduction of the door-to-door refuse collection in the municipality had 18 refuse transfer stations, was currently operating with seven, and advised parents to stop sending their kids to dispose of refuse.