THE Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, is reported to have stated that the national capital, Accra, was on course to become the cleanest city in Africa.
THIS, obviously, is in line with the President’s agenda of ensuring that by the time he exits office in 2020, Accra would become the cleanest city in Africa.
THE above avowal by the Akufo-Addo administration puts on the shoulders of the government a very huge responsibility. More especially, when we had had such pledges in the past, which did not yield any meaningful impact.
A couple of weeks ago, we made it clear through this medium that we are not seeing any signs that Accra is getting better in terms of environmental sanitation. Our point was that there were still heaps of garbage along the shoulders of many of the principal streets in Accra.
THAT is not all; markets and lorry stations in Accra were also engulfed with heaps of garbage, with its associated foul smells.
BUT here we are the mayor of Accra is telling the whole country that the phenomenon of heaps of garbage which were a common sight on the shoulders of major roads and at the various markets was a thing of the past.
“AS I speak to you today, you may not find mountains of refuse in Accra as it used to be when we came to office and that is a matter of great achievement to us.
“WE have been able to deploy people onto the streets that are doing waste picking on the streets. The household coverage of waste collection is now almost 80%. We are indeed winning the war,” he stated.
WE do not know which areas the mayor visited before coming out to make the above statement. However what Today can confidently say is that we are nowhere near winning the war against filth in Accra.
THERE are still heaps of garbage on the shoulders of many of the major roads in Accra; our gutters remain choked, various Accra markets including Agbogbloshie, Okaishie, Kantamanto, Makola, Nima etc., are littered with mountains of refuse.
IT is good that the mayor admits that there are challenges with respect to dealing with waste at our markets.
YES, we know the mayor is working assiduously to deal with waste in the national capital. However, to suggest that Accra was on the path of becoming the cleanest city in Africa is something we beg to differ.
ESPECIALLY when there is very little evidence on the ground to show that indeed we are on track towards achieving the agenda of the Akufo-Addo-led administration of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa.
IT is in the light of the above that Today is urging the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation amongst other stakeholders to up their game if we are to achieve our agenda of making Accra clean.