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Bolga Assembly Gets Waste Management Truck

2008-05-23 20:45:05
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ZOOMLION GHANA Limited, a waste management company, has donated a truck, valued at GH¢19,500, to the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly, for door-to-door waste collection. The truck is also equipped with a public address system, for the purpose of educating the public on waste management and sanitation.

Presenting the keys of the truck to the Regional Minister, Alhassan Samari, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Zoomlion, Oscar Provencal, said the donation of the truck was part of a pilot project being embarked upon by the company, to help fight the problem of waste management in the cities.

Describing the truck as a multi-purpose vehicle, the PRO said the assembly would make a monthly payment of GH¢325 for a period of five months to the company, as its contribution towards the acquisition of the truck.

The company will also give a monthly amount of GH¢200, towards the public education component of the project. It shall also be responsible for the maintenance costs of the vehicle.

Proceeds from the services of the truck, would be lodged into a special project account, which would be managed by a committee, to be formed by each assembly.

The truck would then be used, by assembly members, for door-to-door collection of waste, and the revenue which would accrue, would go into the finances of the assembly.

Mr. Provencal expressed also, grave concern about the littering of the environment with polythene bags, and said the only way the menace could be handled properly, was through a concerted effort by the Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies, the media, and all stakeholders in waste management.

He cautioned that if filth sites were not sited in some capital cities, like Accra and Kumasi to manage waste collection, the indiscriminate disposal of waste could generate into a serious disaster for the country.

He suggested embarrassing those who litter the environment, and enforcement of community service, as possible measures to curbing waste/environmental problems in the country, especially in the regional capitals.

Mr. Provencal said other district and municipal assemblies in the region could also benefit from the multi-purpose truck.

Receiving the vehicle, with registration number GS 8442Y, Mr. Samari thanked the company for the initiative, and expressed the hope that it would help solve the problem of waste in the region.

Mr. J. B. Danquah, Regional Manager of Zoomlion, was worried over the irresponsible dumping of refuge in municipality, and appealed to all and sundry, to be on board in the fight against this canker.

source: ghanaian chronicle

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