Just a few days after Hajia Maria Abubakari Abinkalo (Mohamadu), a staunch NPP supporter in the Lamashegu North electoral area was captured in a viral video expressing her displeasure with the insanitary condition in the neighborhood, help has gone to the community.
A mountain of refuse that has been left unattended over a period, situated very close to residential homes and annexed to a public toilet was cleared by Waste Management Company, Zoomlion upon instructions from the Local Government Minister.
Beside the stench and health risks, some recalcitrant residents had also chosen to dump their solid waste unto the street thereby blocking portions of the tarred road.
On Thursday morning Zoomlion, marshaled its workforce with some equipment to the Lamashegu North Community, refuse site, turning what was an eye saw into ground zero.
Sanitation in the Lamashegu community and many others in the Tamale Metropolis have been a huddle for the authorities to surmount and residents are unhappy and want the city authorities to sit up.
The Assemblyman for Lamashegu North Electoral Area, Sulemana Alhassan Major, said the intervention was timely and he therefore commended Zoomlion for the support. He promised that the gains would be sustained, but was quick to add that Zoomlion should allocate a refuse container to the site in order to discourage community members from throwing refuse about anyhow. Alhassan Major said going forward, punitive measures in line with the Tamale Metro bye-laws would be applied in dealing with recalcitrant community members.
Northern Zonal Manager of Zoomlion, Peter Dawuni, who led his men to the refuse site told news reporters that although the Lamashegu north refuse dump wasn’t under their jurisdictions, considering the magnitude of the challenge, they felt obliged to evacuate the refuse.
Mr. Dawuni, however said a sustainable way to deal with the refuse challenge is for households to acquire waste bins for proper disposal adding that this could also reduce the pressure on the communal dumping site.
Story by: Nelson Nyadror Adanuti