Sanitation Ministry begins evacuation of refuse dumps in Tamale metropolis
Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources has embarked on an evacuation exercise in Tamale metropolis to evacuate heaps of refuse which has been left uncleared for over a decade.
The move forms part of efforts by the ministry to ensure they sanitize the environment to protect health of citizens and also prevent them from contracting diseases.
Heap of refuse at Nyohini-South electoral area was the first to benefit from the evacuation exercise which was witness by the northern regional minister Salifu Sa-eed.
The minister in an interview told journalists that his office together with his counterparts from Upper East, Upper west, North East and Savannah regions, collaborated and wrote officially to the ministry of sanitation, requesting for support to carry out the activity.
Mr. Sa-eed noted that sufficient containers will be provided to some refuse dumping sites in the metropolis after the evacuation exercise to avoid recurrence. He also reassured the public of government commitment to keep the country clean.
"President Akuffo Addo has made it clear to the generality of Ghanaians that cleanliness is next to Godliness. So therefore he wants to use the mandate that Ghanaians have given him to ensure he keeps Ghana clean."
He added that "We are launching emergency evacuation of all the old age refuse dumps across the northern part of our country."
Assemblyman for Nyohini-South electoral area, Yakubu Hamza, told Sagani news that, evacuation of refuse at the site, comes as a relief to residents of the area.
"We thank God because we have been fighting to see the refuse dump being evacuated. I think is a plus to the community and it will also improve sanitation in the community."
Touching on measures expected of him to maintain sanitation on the site after the evacuation, the assembly man opined that: "We will dwell much on the container and we will always make sure immediately the container is full, it will be emptied."
The exercise continued at Changli and Aboabo both in Tamale Metropolis.
Source: Bawa Mugis