MPs declare Sofokrom landfill site ‘disaster zone’

MPs declare Sofokrom landfill site ‘disaster zone’
Source: Ghana| Akwesi Sarpong
Date: 15-09-2019 Time: 08:09:56:am

There is a sanitation disaster waiting to explode within the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis of the Western Region as the Assembly lacks the capacity to manage the overly full landfill site in the city.

Contractors expected to manage waste there have abandoned the refuse dump due to the non-payment of fees owed it by city authorities.

The health-threatening state of the Sofokrom Landfill site which is the only one within the Metropolis was uncovered during a Joint Parliamentary Select Committee tour of the region to inspect the various sanitary state of landfill sites following a recent fire outbreak at the Kpone landfill in Accra.

The Sofokrom landfill site sparked anger among the Parliamentarians who struggled to gain access to the site as the gory site of faecal matter which had been being openly disposed around the place.

Sofokrom Landfill site

Coupled with a poor access road, the MPs could not help but declare the place a “disaster zone.” A situation, they believe, must be immediately attended to in order to prevent the outbreak of diseases.

A source at the waste management department of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly revealed that the Assembly lacks the capacity to manage the landfill site hence the need to re-engage waste landfills company limited to help provide proper engineered landfill management.

The Member of Parliament for Banda and the 1st Deputy Minority Chief Whip, Ahmed Ibrahim in an interview with journalists condemned the sanitation condition of the landfill site describing it as a “sanitation disaster waiting to explode”.

Sofokrom Landfill site

He said modern practices in waste management focuses on waste recycling which is sustainable and should be the focus of every assembly to ensure waste is recovered and recycled into other useable materials.

“The Joint Select Committee on this tour will recommend the establishment of waste recycling and compost plants across all the regions to help create jobs and resources out of the waste been generated”, he noted.

Sofokrom Landfill site

The Deputy Regional Minister of the Western Region, Gifty Eugenia Kusi said waste recycling and composting as demonstrated by Zoomlion’s Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant (IRECOP) in Accra should be established in the region to help create value and jobs out of the waste in the region.

She charged the Parliamentarians to advocate for an increase in the budget allocated to the region to help tackle sanitation.