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NADMO to evacuate residents at Kpone landfill site

The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) says it has intensified measures to save guard lives and property near the Kpone landfill site.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency, Mr. Mutawakilo Bashiru, Kpone Katamanso NADMO director, said it has become very imperative to relocate residents near the Kpone landfill site and that over 100 people (mostly squatters) may be affected by the evacuation exercise.

“They did not acquire the land legitimately so there’s no compensations to be paid,” he disclosed.

The Kpone Katamanso NADMO director,  explained that, the current situation at the landfill site could degenerate into a disaster if preventive measures are not taken.

He added that, companies also located around the landfill site, would be affected and have been notified to suspend all activities until the situation is brought under control.

Sethi Brothers, Sentuo ceramics, Dada Food Production Limited, among some few companies would be compelled to halt operations.

Mr. Jacob Sapenu , Kpone Katamanso Municipal health officer, noted that, the entire landfill site is a time bomb.

Mr. Sapenu added that,the landfill site had over lived its time span and called on authorities to permanently close it down.

According to him, the stench and smoke being inhaled by residents could lead to out break of diseases

Authorities from the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) and the Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) and NADMO representatives are meeting in Kpone towards the imminent evacuation exercise.

The Kpone landfill site which was constructed to replace an old one, was supposed to have four cells with toxic fluid system , biogas and manure processing systems, but had been turned into a normal dumping ground with mammoth heaps of garbage.

The site, which was opened in 2012 to handle over 1,200 metric tonnes of waste daily from Tema and other parts of the Greater Accra Region, has been overstretched in both capacity and lifespan.

Source: GNA

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