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Accra solid waste management strategy kicks off in Agbogbloshie

The Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources on Saturday, July 9, commenced the implementation of the Accra Solid Waste Management Strategy under the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development ( GARID) Project with a clean-up exercise in Agbogbloshie.

The learning-by-doing event focused on communication for awareness, public sensitization for social change, and action for environmental cleanliness.

Addressing community members of Agbogbloshie and other participants who turned out at the event, the MCE of Okaikwei North Assembly, Hon. Boye Laryea warned residents against indiscriminate dumping of refuse, stressing such behaviors contribute to the flooding being experienced in Accra.

“I would like to appeal to you to dispose of your wastes properly and desist from indiscriminate disposal of refuse that finds their ways into the drains in the city. Those of you who dump your refuse near the Odaw River that runs through this community are contributing to the perennial flood we experience in Alogboshie and other parts of Accra”, he said.

Mr. Boye further expressed his disappointment about the insanity conditions in some communities within the municipality and encouraged residents to support the President’s agenda of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa.

The Deputy Director of the Solid Waste Unit at the Ministry, Sampson Akwettey, said under component Two of the project, the Sanitation Ministry is implementing community base Solid Waste Management interventions in selected low-income communities and carrying out major programs to sensitize and improve public behavior.

Mr. Sampson Akwettey also announced that the GARID Project will embark on a series of clean-up exercises in other flood-prone low-income communities as part of the ongoing behavior change communication campaign within the Greater Accra Metropolitan Assembly.

Also speaking at the program, the Solid Waste Management Specialist for the GARID Project, Henrietta Osei-Tutu urged residents of Accra to use the services of both formal and informal waste service providers in their disposal of waste to avoid littering.

She also hinted at a possible collaboration with informal waste service providers with the GARID Project to help improve the services they provide to the residents in the Project communities.

The GARID Project aims at addressing flooding in the Odaw Basin of the Greater Accra Region and focuses on improving drainage, solid waste management, and provision of services and infrastructure in flood-prone areas within the basin.




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