Posted by: rumnet | October 28, 2011

Tamale Metro dumps faeces on Gbalahi, Kulaa

Tamale Metro Dumps Faeces on Gbalahi,  Kulaa

By Joseph Ziem (published in the November 2011 edition of the advocate)

Fecal Dump site at Gbalahi

All the huge volumes of human excreta as well as tons of solid waste that are generated by the thousands of residents in Tamale on daily basis are regularly dumped on a 60 acre land called the Tamale Land Fill Site located between Gbalahi and Kulaa, both communities in the Tamale North Constituency.

 According to residents of Gbalahi, the inability of officials of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly and Zoomlion, managers of the city’s waste, to properly manage the Land Fill Site was putting their lives in serious danger. They said the site kept producing bad stench from the waste and breeding black flies and other dangerous insects that invade their homes  daily and feared the situation could lead to cholera, hepatitis A and E outbreak very soon if nothing was done to curtail the problem.

 The wastes which are supposed to be dumped, compacted and covered with gravel, are being disposed of anyhow like nobody’s business say residents said they have made incessant calls to authorities of the Assembly to come and address the serious environmental problem but these have yielded no results.

 Some residents staying along the road leading to the Land Fill Site also complained about the horrible scent and other experiences they were going through on daily basis.  According to them, whenever it rains, the water carries the liquid waste into their dam as well as the Kulaa dam both of which serve as the major sources of water for their domestic use.

Investigations conducted by The Advocate revealed that 16 years ago, the Assembly under the then leadership, asked the chief and people of the Gbalahi community to release the 60 acre parcel of land to the Assembly to build a fertilizer factory that would eventually create jobs for them as well as several other people who were jobless at the time.

 However, the Assembly failed the people and rather turned the place into a Land Fill Site where refuse and human wastes were finally dumped with no machine to turn them into fertiliser.

According to Adam Iddrisu, an opinion leader and Spokesperson to the Chief of Gbalahi, the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly before the construction of the Land Fill Site promised to provide a health centre, electricity and portable drinking water to compensate the people but could not fulfill that promise up till date.

Rather, the Assembly extended electricity to the refuse site without connecting the community which hosts the Land Fill Site which, he said, was an insult to the entire inhabitants.

At a press conference recently held in the Gbalahi Community, the Chief and people again called on the officials of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly especially the Waste Management Department to visit the place and deal with the situation before they could continue to dump waste on the land.

Iddrisu who addressed the conference, stated emphatically that until the road leading to the Land Fill Site was constructed to ease the dust that is affecting their health and also defacing their buildings, no Zoomlion waste vehicle would be allowed to pass there again to dump waste. “The Assembly must also fulfill the conditions attached to the agreement it signed with the people of Gbalahi otherwise officials should look elsewhere for a new Land Fill Site”, he stressed.

Meanwhile, officials of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly at a crunch meeting with the people of Gbalahi, promised to address the problem at the Land Fill Site. This was after the community had blocked the road leading to the Site and threatened to deal ruthlessly with any waste driver who would make any attempt to pass with waste to the Land Fill Site

The Metropolitan Coordinating Director, John B. Atuguba, explained that under normal circumstances the waste company was supposed to fumigate the site once a while to prevent flies and other insects from migrating into people’s homes to cause nuisance and possible disease outbreak. However, when the records of the waste company was examined, officials realized they were not consistent with the fumigation exercise at the site.

He disclosed that three companies had submitted proposals to the Assembly to enable them build a fertilizer plant at the Site, but because their proposals were not profitable to the Assembly and for that matter the people of Gbalahi, the Assembly decided not to approve of any of them.

The Co-ordinator Director assured the people that the Assembly would improve on the water situation in the community, but stated categorically that it was not the responsibility of the Assembly to provide them with electricity and asphalted road.

The people of Gbalahi were visibly happy when they were told that the community was soon to benefit from the rural government electrification project, whiles the road too, would be awarded on contract under a World Bank project.

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  1. Thanks for the good work done.


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