The Communications Manager for Zoomlion Ghana Limited, a leading waste management company in Ghana, Mr. Robert Coleman has advised the people of Accra to brace up for more floods in the coming months if they fail to change their attitude towards sanitation.
According to Mr Coleman, there would be severe and uncontrolled flood in Accra beginning from this month, February to August 2014. This potential development, he averred, will intensify as result of poor attitude of residents towards sanitation issues especially disposal of refuse.
He lamented that the behavior of people dumping refuse in gutters and drains, saying that the major cause of flood in recent times is as result of the many chocked gutters in town.
“I can say for a fact that the many floods that we encountered just last week is as result of our chocked gutters and drains. People are still dumping refuse in gutters and drains and this is really affecting the free flow of water through the drains whenever it rains,” he said.
Mr. Coleman also mentioned that, a visit to areas affected by the recent downpour, Mataheko, Dansoman, Odawna, New Town and Circle has shown that residents living in these areas were hard hit by the development since gutters and drains within these communities have been converted into dumpsites.
He said, the team identified that most of the gutters are chocked with refuse which could have been properly disposed of.
“Those dumping refuse in the gutters and drains do so after they kept the refuse for so long waiting for the rains to set in, they wait for the rains and when it rains they dump the refuse thinking the moving water will wash them away to a far place. They end up chocking the gutters which eventually have negative impact on their very lives,” he said.
He also indicated that until residents change their attitude, Accra will continue to flood.
Mr. Coleman also stressed that there is the need for all to develop the habit of properly disposing off their refuse since environmental sanitation is a collective responsibility of all.
The Zoomlion Communicions Manager said, not only will dumping of refuse in gutters and drains cause flooding, it will also cause the outbreak of diseases such as Diarrhoea, Malaria, Cholera among others.
He however called on all District Assemblies to establish ten (10) environmental and Sanitation Courts that will be mandated to prosecute and punish people who are caught.
He also called on National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) to also intensify its campaign about the need to abide by the by laws.
Mr. Coleman also appealed to MMDAs to revise their bye-laws since majority of them is redundant and for that matter are not strict on offenders.
He also expressed disappointment in people who cultivated the habits of dumping refuse in gutters, saying that in 2013 the Accra Metropolitan Assembly desilted over 22 gutters in Accra with Zoomlion playing major roles in the regard.
Mr. Coleman asked the DCEs to laise with the Judicial Service to institute stiffer punishment to those who will be found culpable of encouraging the poor attitude towards sanitation in Accra.