An environmental law consultant, George Agyemang Sarpong, says government’s aim of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa will be a mirage until the country’s waste disposal system is fixed.
In his view, an effective waste management system is fundamental in addressing the sanitation challenges in the capital.
President Akufo-Addo has promised that he will make Accra the cleanest City in Africa by 2020.
But speaking to Citi News, George Agyemang Sarpong said until waste is properly managed in the capital; the President’s dream will not see the light of day.
“I think the basic problem with Accra is where to dispose of our garbage. In fact, sometime in the past, there was a British government-sponsored project of putting up a landfill site ( I think somewhere) in Kwabenya. People just rebelled against the idea and the government chickened out.”
“Now if you don’t have a place to dump your refuse, what do you do? You could resort to technology; burn the refuse, generate power out of that. Some people do that. So with Accra not until you have an effective disposal regime, this problem is going to be there and mind you, the problem is going to get worse with each passing day because of the mass influx of people in Accra.”
Environmental law consultant, George Agyemang Sarpong, spoke to Citi News on the sidelines of his book launch titled Ghanaian Environmental Law; International and National Perspectives.
By: Michael Ogbodu/citinewsroom.com/Ghana