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Filth Envelopes Tamale


2007-09-14 12:18:41
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The Tamale Metropolis, a one time clean metropolis in Ghana and its environs are currently facing serious sanitation problems which have resulted in the loss of lives through cholera and other outbreaks of diseases.
The people are finding it exceedingly difficult to manage and maintain a hygienic environment as most communities are being besieged by filth.

Investigations conducted by The Chronicle, after the recent cholera outbreak that took about 18 lives in some areas of the metropolis, exposed the inability of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly and its Waste Management Department to provide certain basic amenities and facilities to improve upon the hygienic conditions of the people.

The Metropolis, with a population of about 350,000 is currently relying on about 16 public toilets, most of which are not functioning. Most of the residents, including the young and the aged therefore defecate indiscriminatingly in nearby bushes in their vicinities. The Assembly has only one old tanker for the evacuation of sewage.

The conduct of some of the people in the Metropolis leaves much to be desired of as they are apparently not passionate about sanitation in their areas.

A visit to the Zogbeli Community in the metropolis revealed that the toilet facilities in the area were in a very deplorable state.

One of the toilet's septic tank was overflowing while rubbish was scattered all around and children were seen defecating everywhere. Residents of the area who spoke to this reporter blamed the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly for its alleged incompetence, resulting in overwhelming filth.

They complained bitterly about the delay in evacuating and maintaining the toilet and refuse tank, which they said had invited houseflies and other insects and polluted the air in the area as well.

At the time this paper visited the Zogbeli public toilet near the Northern Regional Medical stores, the facility had been completely closed down and engulfed by refuse.

All efforts to speak with the Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mohammed Adam Amin, and the Waste Management Boss, Mr. Sampson Akwertey proved futile.

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However, the Assemblyman for Zogbeli, Hon Mohammed Polo confirmed the report but however accused the residents of failing to partake in clean-up exercises. He indicated that the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly had not yet received money for its second quarter to implement some of its programmes, though they were in the third quarter.

He disclosed that plans were far advanced for the Assembly to pull down the other old toilet to make way for a new facility.

He therefore appealed to residents of Zogbeli to be law abiding and take responsibility of all government facilities in the community.

source: allAfrica.com

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