Members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Local Government on Wednesday commended the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) for work carried out on the Mallam SCC land drains which was a refuse dump and has now been turned into a land field for commercial activities.

The members were also happy with AMA?s ability to end the shift system in basic schools, as well as on-going work on the Korle-Lagoon, popularly called ?Lavenda Hill,? which when completed, the dumping of refuse and the resultant bad stench will be a thing of the past.

The 20-member committee, led by Mr Dominic Azimbe Azumah, needed an update on issues of environmental sanitation as a follow up to an earlier visit last year.

They were of the view that the AMA has a huge role to ensure the city was clean because being the capital most activities are carried out here.

The members expressed concern about other areas in the city which have turned into slums when in the past Old Fadama known as ?Sodom and Gomorah? was the only slum of much concern to government.

Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, Mayor of Accra, said about 2,800 metric tonnes of solid waste was generated each day in the city, adding, 2,200 was collected daily leaving a backlog of 600 metric tonnes of waste which find their way into public drains and water bodies, as well as burning and burial.

He explained that the re-location of Old Fadama only targeted markets for onion, oil and fats, yam and timber, but not the residents and other activities of Sodom and Gomorah, because the Ministry of Works and Housing was yet to look into the issue of the residents.

On the issue of managing waste, Mr Vanderpuije said 200 wastes bins have been distributed to residents within the catchment area where waste management contracts have been employed two years ago, but some residents turn them into storage facilities, adding that one million Ghana cedis was paid to contractors to collect waste every month since he assumed office.

He said AMA would be in a position to generate more revenue if the formula for assigning property rate was reviewed, and called on members to consider the issue.

He said appropriate measures were put in place to ensure that individuals who developed land without permit were stopped.

On the recent collapse of two-storey buildings, one of which is a seven storey, Mr Vanderpuije noted that during inspection, the inspectors turned themselves into supervisors on the estate developer who had no permit, but did not draw his attention to it.

Mr Fredrik Sunesson, Chief Executive Officer of SLAMSON Ghana Limited, the contractor who is working on the Korle-Lagoon, said two million Ghana cedis was used to build and operate the site.

He told the committee that four million dollars more would be needed in order to complete work on the lagoon.

The members also inspected work on the on-going rehabilitation of the Mudor Sewage Treatment Plant, which pumps 16,000 sewage from Labone, Ministries, High Street and State House for processing.

The project is estimated at a cost of seven million dollars.

Mr Azumah said the CEO of AMA was a man determined to achieve results and was on the ground to ensure that the city was rid of waste.

He gave the assurance that members would always be ready to assist the AMA with any sanitation and legal issues if they brought them on board for the committee to discuss, and subsequently got approval from the House. GNA

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