Hon Isaac Osei in Middle close to chief performing libation

The chiefs and people of Jamdede in the Berekum West District can now have a sigh of relief after the Assembly and Zoomlion Ghana Limited have begun work to evacuate a huge refuse dump in the electoral area.

 According to residents of the area, the mountainous refuse dump has been in existence for about 80 years.

In an interview, District Chief Executive (DCE) Mr. Isaac Osei said the evacuation was necessitated by the outcry of the community members due to the numerous health related problems emanating from leakage and strong stench from the site.

 The DCE, who is barely three months in office said there are about five of such refuse dumps in the district of which the Assembly has planned to evacuate them all to give space for other developmental projects as well as improving the sanitation and waste management situation in the district.

 Again, the Mr. Osei said it is in line with the President’s vision of a clean Ghana in improving the health status of the people in the district.

“What you see today is a response to the needs of the people of the district and an effort to compliment the President’s vision of improving sanitation in the country.” He stressed.

He indicated, the Assembly would place refuse containers at the site for waste collection, and cautioned residents against indiscriminate disposal of refuse saying “Anyone caught dumping refuse indiscriminately, would be dealt with.”

The Chief of Jamdede Nana Boakye Adjei II was full of praise for the DCE and the Assembly for their quick response to the needs of the people. He said, several complaints to previous authorities before the district was carved out of the Berekum Municipal yielded no results.

Assembly member for the area, Hon. Dominic Oppong, commended the DCE for what he described as a step in the right direction. He noted the of the cost of the exercise is huge and I commend him and the assembly for taking such a bold decision.

A resident said that, anytime it rained all the rubbish washes into their homes making life unpleasant for them.

A 78 year old woman, Maame Akua Nnum could not hide her joy as she sang the praises of the DCE.

  “I want to thank the DCE and the assembly for their prompt response. I am very grateful to them for clearing the rubbish.” She said.


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