Angry Oyibi residents in arms with gov’t over siting of landfill

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Angry residents of Oyibi, where one of three new landfill and waste management facilities has been sited, have registered their displeasure with the government for the decision.  

According to the residents, they have heard the bitter stories from residents of Achimota, Oblogo, Abokobi and others to allow their area to be used as a landfill site.

They say the health implication will be dire for them as they do not currently have water. 

“We don’t have pipe borne water, we are relying on borehole. Where they are planning to site the plant is just on top of the hill and when it rains water runs down. 

“If we are sinking boreholes to drink from there and here they are siting this plant, what measures have they put in place to ensure it does not contaminate the water we are drinking?” one resident said.

They believe President Nana Akufo-Addo is not properly briefed about the area and its geography that is why he is allowing the construction of the facility there.

The MP said one of the major projects to be undertaken by the newly created municipal assembly was to manage waste since the municipality boasted of one of the biggest markets in the capital, the Madina market.

But the fuming residents say they have been taken for granted because they expected government as part of public policy formulation, to have sat down with them to discuss it.

“We need to understand what they are coming to do, the consequences of it and assurances before we can allow them to go ahead to do anything.

“We can’t just wake up one morning and we see people all over the place with bulldozers pushing everything aside saying the President is coming to inspect the place. Why are we not Ghanaians? Don’t we deserve to be treated with respect like the President always says?” a resident said.

They are appealing that the President should not give contractors the opportunity to put up the landfill site close to their residence.

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