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Sanitation A crisis in the Nungua Community — A student

Refuse has become a serious problem in Nungua Barekese a sub in the Ledzekuku krowor Accra. Refuse are collected from the resident various home, dump at the Brekese and cause musty in the area, which creates problems at the Adminstrative level.

The water body around the refuse has also become a victim of various types of pollution generated by the industrial and household wastes.

For over three years, residents around the Nungua Brekese the Greater Accra Region, have been waste bins.
Mrs. Mercy Appiah who has been a resident for over ten years also expressed worries about how government and the incumbent members of parliament have failed them.

She bemoaned how politicians come to their area and demand for vote but fail them and do not even care about their waste management.

Mrs Elizabeth Mensah Quaye, a resident and a trader, who has lived in the locality for quite a long time, said the gutter was once known as Barekese River, which helped them years back as a source of water has now been turned into a refuse dump.

Mr. Stephen Larbi a teacher, explained that because resident dump refuse in the gutter, plastic waste such as bottles have choked the gutter which has resulted in breeding of mosquitoes, accounting for the high rate of malaria in the area

This is the situation resident had to grapple with. Resident seem to have lost all hope of being provide with a proper waste system anytime soon.
Even though government has never refused to come to the community to campaign for votes during election periods, it has not been forthcoming with it’s promise to provide a proper waste system for residents when voted in power. It is my hope that government will come to the rescue of resident in Nungua Brekese street, Mrs Freda Doku a trader said.

Romeo Sarfo, the assemblyman for Krowor Djor Municipality said he had a number of times organised some youth to clean the gutter but resident refusal to stick to instructions has worsen the situation in the community.

“I have no other option than to involve the police, to arrest any person or household found dumping refuse around” he added

Mr Safo lastly urges all the Nungua chiefs to join hands to control the problem.

Story by : Nyarko Yaa Sarkodie
(A student)

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