100RC supports Accra to undertake efforts to become more resilient

The Chief Resilience Officer for Accra, Desmond Appiah, on Friday led stakeholders from 100RC, Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Resilience Team and DALBERG to tour Zoomlion’s Waste Transfer Station at Achimota.


The purpose of the visit, according to Mr. Appiah, was to learn at first-hand about their operations in Accra, and appreciate the interdependent concerns with the shocks (sudden, catastrophic events) and stresses (underlying social and physical challenges) saddling Accra.


Commissioned for business by the Mayor, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, in May 2017, the Waste Transfer Station serves as a transit point for waste hauled from other parts of the city before finally disposal at approved landfill sites across the city after treatment. This, in turn, helps facilitate the smooth flow of waste across the capital whilst providing employment.


Addressing journalists and stakeholders from 100RC, the AMA Resilience Team, and Dalberg, the Chief Engineer at the station, Mr Haruna Sulley, underscored the need for opening such facilities across the capital and even the nation at large due to its positive impact in helping curb the sprawling waste management deficit that has plagued the nation for long.


“With Accra generating about 4,000 tonnes of waste daily, this system catalyses the operation and makes it very fast so we are calling for more of such stations to be built across the station,” the Chief Engineer noted.


In extolling the emergence of the Waste Transfer Stations, Mr Appiah, said the new venture had helped control the aggravating pressure on landfill sites across the metropolis, hence, stressed the need for operators of the station to extend their operational time for incoming waste management vehicles who operate at night.

“As the Resilience and Sustainability Advisor to the Mayor as well, I am confident we can liaise with your management to help resolve strategic and operational challenges facing the station to move the Waste Transfer Station to the next stage. AMA is the major stakeholder and encourages you to reach out for stronger collaboration to ensure sustained success at the end of the day. Our doors are opened and we commend you for the good work you are doing for the city.”


Asked whether there will be a time for waste segregation, Mr Appiah admitted that waste segregation would take some time before being introduced, citing waste composition structure as one of the key challenge. He however urged the need for opening more recycling plants in the city and the country at large as a means to achieving this.


He further noted that education was also another means through which waste segregation would be enhanced, adding that his outfit had started rolling out measures to sensitize students through a recently launched “School Segregation Program”.


Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) is helping Accra and other cities around the world to become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. Practically, the initiative is ongoing to guarantee Accra becomes more resilient to shocks and stresses such as fires, earthquakes, floods, disease outbreaks and infrastructure and building collapse that weaken the fabric of a city. Bryna Lipper, Senior Vice President of 100RC explained that Accra Resilience Team comprising of Metropolitan Directors etc. has just been reviewed it’s Preliminary Assessment (PRA) which leads to a set of Discovery Areas.

Front-row: From right to left: Desmond Appiah, C.R.O for Accra, Sulley Haruna, Chief Engineer of the Zoomlion Waste Transfer Plant, Bryna Lipper, Senior Vice President and Chief Resilience Advisor at 100RC and Nse-Abasi Esema, Program Manager, City and Practice Management, Africa - ‎100 Resilient Cities.
Backrow: Staff of the AMA Resilience Team, Akua Serwaa Ansah, Deputy C.R.O. for Accra with Emmanuel Oduro-Boakye, Senior Consultant Speyside Group, Andrew Sweet, Associate Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors, Mudit Sharma - Strategy Consultant at Dalberg.