The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Bolgatanga, Rex Asanga, has expressed grave concern about the sanitation situation within the municipality. It would be recalled that, in an attempt to address the situation, the MCE instituted two sanitation-related policies: ‘Operation Clean Your Frontage‘ and a monthly clean-up exercise.
However, these exercises have been affected by the inadequate number of refuse bins in the municipality.
Speaking on A1 Radio’s ‘Day Break Upper East’ show with Mark Smith, Mr. Asanga explained that the Assembly is unable to quickly replace worn-out metal bins and acquire entirely new ones to increase the total number due to the cost of these bins.
He mentioned that a single bin costs the assembly in excess of GHC 50,000.
“Until we tried to procure some, I didn’t know that these things were that expensive. One is more than Ghc50,000. Those refuse bins, if you want the quality ones and you ask Zoomlion for one, you are going to pay something like that. I think that is one of our major challenges. Without the containers, people would be dumping refuse anywhere and how to go and collect it would be a problem,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Assembly has now been able to resume the dumping of refuse at the Sherigu dump site after agreements were reached.
“We had to do a special operation to carry all the waste that had been accumulated. We are doing our best under the circumstances,” he said.
Mr. Asanga admitted that the situation could have been better if the Assembly had more resources.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana