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Regional News of Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Source: Patricia Atta, Contributor

Govt begins evacuation of illegal dumpsites in Ashanti Region

Government through the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) has began an emergency evacuation of heaps of refuse at illegal dumpsites at the Nkawie MA Primary School and others in the Atwima Nwabiagya Municipality in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

However, the exercise at a third illegal dumpsite at Akrofrom near Afari in Kumasi was yet to start because of lack of access road to the place.

The exercise forms part of the government’s efforts to rid the country of filth and also make Ghana the cleanest country in Africa.

Subsequently, the officials of the ministry gave a one-week ultimatum to deal with all the illegal dumpsites in the municipality.

While the contractors at the Asokwa dumpsites had began working, the others will start in the coming days at least in two days. Those places are Nkawie MA Primary School, Abuakwa DKC and Akrofrom in the Afari Electoral Area.

Speaking to some residents at Akrofrom in Afari Electoral Area, they lauded the exercise undertaken by the government and lamented at the suffering from rampant illness due to the dumpsites.

The Assembly member of Afari Electoral Area, Antwi Nelson, indicated that waste collection must be done within a month since illegal dumpsites posed serious health hazards to residents, shoppers and traders.

He also said, residents had suffered living with the dumpsite in the community over the years and thus thanked government for the initiative.

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