MMDAs performance in solid waste management disappointing – Dotse

Accra Mr Mawuena Doste, a local government expert, has described the performance of some metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) and the private sector, in solid waste management as disappointing.

He said with the exception of a few assemblies such as Ho, Tamale, Kumasi, Tema and Sekondi-Takoradi, the majority of the MMDAs including Accra did not have waste treatment plants or landfill sites.

The inability of many MMDAs to provide liquid sanitation facilities accounts for Ghana’s low ranking as the seventh dirtiest country in the world, Mr Dotse stated in his presentation at the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) roundtable in Accra.

The roundtable, on the topic; Three Decades of Local Governance in Ghana: Retrospect and Prospects, was organised to reflect on Ghana’s Local Governance Decentralisation process over the past 30 years to identify the challenges, the achievements and the way forward.

Mr Dotse, who is also the Founding Managing Director of MAPLE Consult, called for the establishment of waste management departments in municipal and district assemblies as part of efforts to address the solid waste menace in the country.

On reasons for poor services deliveries by the MMDAs, he mentioned control over service provision by central government and said; If we continue to have directions from the top, we will continue to be in this situation.

He said the inability of the Central Government to ensure adequate transfer of functions and human and financial resources to the MMDAs affected their ability to undertake their assigned duties.

He called for stoppage of the upfront central deduction from the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) for sanitation and waste management.

He recommended the re-definition of roles and responsibilities of MMDAs, the inclusion of indicators on basic sanitation in MMDA assessment and capacity building of staff to enhance service delivery.

Others are the introduction of electronic governance and integration of education and health sectors at the MMDAs level.

Source: Ghana News Agency