It was not long when Pupils of the Ashaiman Presby A and B basic schools, embarked on a demonstration to appeal to the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly to close down a major refuse damp which is very close to the school. According to them, they have no choice than to go home earlier than the normal closing time due to the smoke and strong disgusting odor that emanates from the dumping site. Apart from that, they say they have to put up with house flies in their classrooms as a result of the proximity to the dumping site.
The surrounding areas of the Ashaiman-Tema overhead bridge which is the entrance to the Municipal Assembly, is wallowed in great filth. Residents around the overhead area have turned the surrounding areas of the bridge into a dumping site. The area is loaded with unimaginable voluminous quantities of all kinds of waste. Enunciating stench is what welcomes every first time visitor to the area.
But while admitting the reality of the appalling situation, the newly endorsed MCE Albert Boakye Okyere said he is ready to tackle the situation head on once and for all, to give Ashaiman a brand new image. He revealed that in order to end the challenge of getting permanent site for a refuse dump for tones of garbage that is produced daily in the area; arrangements are currently underway to bring a recycling company that will recycle the waste products as well as give jobs to the youth.
“In fact, I am aware of the sanitation challenges of Ashaiman, it is a big problem and bad name to the town, which is a home to many workers. We have to deal with it at once that is why I am reopening negotiation that I started during my tenure under Ex-President Kufour, with some Italian companies to come and set up a recycling plan that will end our problem of getting permanent site”
He called for cooperation from the residents of the area as well as solicits support from the assemply members to help him fight and win the war on deteriorating sanitation situation of the area, while expressing his gratitude to the assembly members for giving him overwhelming endorsement.