The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) will soon turn the Korle Lagoon, which has over the years become a dumping ground for solid and liquid waste into a fishing lagoon and recreational center.
The lagoon has seen several dredging in the past at huge cost to city authorities, but due to what is believed to be bad behaviour, it fills up again with garbage and other pollutants as waste such as polythene are dumped into it.
At the 64thAnnual New Year School at the University of Ghana, city mayor, Alfred Vanderpuije revealed that the assembly has secured a 600 million USD loan from the Exim Bank to develop Accra.
Part of the loan facility will be used to dredge the lagoon again to make it suitable for fisher folks to extend their activities there. It will also serve as a recreation center for holiday lovers.
The mayor believes that beyond the attempt at dredging the Korle Lagoon, citizens of Accra who stay close to the lagoon have to be educated to stop throwing garbage into it and also respect other rules and regulations to make the environment clean.
He disclosed that the AMA will put in place several measures to address the insanitary condition Accra is bedeviled with to make the city meet international standards others such as Johannesburg have attained.
According Mr. Vanderpuije, ?we will provide every household with bins, and garbage will not be left uncollected for days as it happened in the past.?
A new landfill site has also been acquired to replace the infamous ?Lavender Hill?- sarcasm for the offensive odour that emanates from the site. Citizens of the capital will now be made to pay for the waste they generate for the city authorities to meet their waste management responsibility.
?Drains and gutters will also be covered to stop people from easily throwing waste into the drainage system as a means towards preventing floods and the spread of other forms of diseases? he adds.
Participants of this year?s edition of the New Year School welcomed the plans put in place by the Assembly to tackle the insanitary conditions in Accra.
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