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26.11.2008 Regional News

Sekondi-Takoradi growing filthy day after day

By Alfred Adam & Zam R. Samin Takoradi - Ghanaian Chronicle

THE Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis is gradually growing mountains of refuse and filth, accompanied by the attendant health risks on the lives of the indigenes, the Western File has observed.

The growing filth and garbage in the metropolis, is as a result of nothing, but the blockade of the main waste dumping site at Diabene near Sekondi, by indigenes of the area.

Diabene is the main refuse center, where all filth and garbage collected in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis are eventually dumped.

But, on Monday this week, the indigenes of Diabene rose up and blocked all the roads, preventing the waste collection vehicles from dumping further garbage on their soil.

They used concrete blocks and wood to prevent the waste vehicles from dumping refuse on their soil, and not even a police waste vehicle was spared.

The reason for the blockade of the waste dump site by the indigenes, according to them, stemmed from the stench that permeates the environment, whenever garbage is dumped at the site.

To the indigenes, the refuse when eventually collected and dumped on their soil are not treated, and they fear their collective health was at risk of contaminating diseases the site. In the light of this, households and refuses dumping sites in the metropolis, have recording unprecedented pillage of refuse, which is a hazard to the health of the residents.

A waste collection official, who the Western File spoke to, confirmed the blockade of the main refuse dumping site.

The official, who did not want to be named, however, told this File that a new place had been secured, and that they were ready to cart refuse to the new site, which was secure.

A trip by Western File to most refuse centers in the metropolis, saw a very appalling and nauseating situation, to the extent that refuse piled at some of the domestic houses and refuse centers were overflowing its 'banks'.

For instance, at Takoradi Market Circle refuse point, the situation was so bad that the refuse in a container, which was overflowing, had been covered with a tarpaulin.

And behind that point is where some market women are trading and selling their products.

At Amanful, the story is not different, as the refuse had been piled on the ground waiting to be carted away.

Most of the residents in the metropolis, who spoke to the File, expressed grave concern over the growing refuse and filth in the metropolis.

The residents, who did not know that the main refuse dumping site at the aforementioned town had been blocked by the indigenes of the area, chastised the management of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) for doing nothing to see the refuse carted off.