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Regional News of Saturday, 21 June 2014

Source: Graphic Online

AMA pays GHC600,000 to waste contractors

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has fulfilled the second payment of an additional GH?600,000 to waste contractors to clear filth in Accra.

Last month the AMA made part payment of GH?600,000 of the GH?2.2 million owed the contractors. This brings the total amount paid to GH?1.2 million.

Briefing the media after handing over the cheque for the money to Mr Peter Kwei Dagadu, General Manager of Waste Landfills Company Limited, Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) said the fulfillment of the payment would enable the company to pay other companies operating at the landfill site at Kpone in the Greater Accra Region.

He directed the waste companies to extend their working hours from 0600 hours to 1500 hours each day.

The MCE gave the assurance that adequate steps are being put in place to solve the deplorable solid and liquid waste problems in the metropolis.

Mr Dagadu expressed gratitude to the MCE for the gesture, adding: “Our inability to regularly lift the waste containers is because of lack of funds to even buy fuel and the paying of the companies operating at the only remaining landfill site.

“We will absorb all refuse that will be dumped into the site,” he said.

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