Government has decided to begin the immediate evacuation of heaps of refuse dotted around and within the capital city of the Greater Accra Region.


The initiative will put a stop to the indiscriminate dumping of refuse and prevent the mushrooming of illegal dumping sites in the capital city.


The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Joseph Kofi Adda, made this known when the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources took its turn at the Meet-The-Press series in Accra, Thursday.


Mr Adda disclosed that government had successfully negotiated with stakeholders in the waste management sector and that an amount of Gh¢ 892,000,000 had been released to settle old debts from the previous government.


He said in addition to resources which had been made available for the evacuation exercise, the Ministry of Finance had released Gh¢ 50,000,000 to construct 15 mini transfer stations.


He explained that one of the major challenges facing waste management in the capital city was the absence of mini waste transfer stations, strategically located throughout the cities and towns usually constructed as stop gap measure to take on the waste within the neighborhoods from where it would then be conveyed and transported to the major land filed sites.


There was, therefore, an urgent need, Mr Adda said, for the enforcement of sanitation laws, adding, however, that the enforcement would be preceded by the provision of infrastructure.


He mentioned the attitudinal aspect of the people’s lifestyle and the lack of co-operation from an emerging group of players in the waste haulage business, known as “borla taxis”.


The Water Resources and Sanitation Minister noted that even though the “borla taxis” were helping with the conveyance of waste, they do not often comply with established guidelines.


Mr Adda said the operation of the “borla taxis” therefore, required formalization, regulation and integration into the waste management business value chain coupled with their compliance with laid down guideline which would improve the sanitation management in the country.


Hon. Adda added that besides applying the sector-Wide Approach to develop a comprehensive and integrated strategic plan with an Action Plan, the Ministry had completed a draft policy paper for the approval of Cabinet to establish a National Sanitation Authority with a supporting Sanitation Fund to serve as a dedicated agency to regulate and lead the implementation of the sanitation policies of government as well as provide reliable and regular funding to support effective service delivery.


He said through stakeholder consultations, a Total Sanitation Campaign Strategy had been drawn up and would be launched very soon by the President.


Source: ISD (Solace Esi Amankwa)