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AKwasi Oppong Fosu
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Some senior citizens, stakeholders and the general public have asked government to “sit up and act fast” on the nation’s engulfment in filth.

This wake-up call has become necessary in the last few days, as the nation has run out of landfill sites, a situation which has been with Ghanaians for long, and is not new to both the current and past governments.

Speaking on Channel D’s Saturday morning show- D-Review, legal practitioner and economist,Kofi Lindsey, said the situation is one that needed immediate attention and action from central government, adding it was pertinent government listened to this call.

Lawyer Lindsey continued that government,agencies and other stakeholders should initiate innovative ideas that will provide lasting solution to the issues of filth, waste management and waste disposal.

“It’s about time government got real about the situation and provided feasible and realistic remedies. The nation is sitting on a time-bomb, and if nothing is done, the outcome will be more than we can contain,” he cautioned.

He also advised government to create and enforce legal backings on filth.

He was of the belief that the proper enforcement of these laws will serve as a guideline for waste management and also deter people from contributing to street or minor filth making.

He encouraged government to adopt recycling and invest more in it, adding that “if a lot of countries are doing it and it’s working for them, why not Ghana?”

Speaking on the same platform, Mr. Kofi Kukubor emphasised on the need for government to show enough commitment towards solving the problem.
According to him, government has done enough talking and it is time for us to walk the talk.”

“Day-in-day-out, the issue of waste, filth and landfill sites comes up and all we hear is talk. There is more groundwork to do than round table discussions,” he stressed.

Mr. Kukubor also called on local and district assemblies to join the fight.

He advocated for the reinstating of community sanitation police in the various districts and local assemblies to ensure proper waste disposal.

He also suggested that mechanisms such as waste management, faecal matter processing, recycling and waste segregation are put in place to salvage the situation

Currently, all four landfill sites/refuse dumps have been closed with the exception of the La Dade/Kotopon Landfill, which is also at the verge of becoming full.
Source: Today

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