Residents of Agona Swedru unhappy with Assembly and Zoomlion

Agona Swedru (C/R), Residents of Agona Swedru have vehemently protested against the inability of Zoomlion Waste Management Company Limited to clear piled- up refuse in the Agona West District.

The residents are living in fear since the situation can lead to an outbreak of cholera and other diseases as currently 26 refuse containers placed in various communities in the Municipality are yet to be emptied.

For over two weeks, the Zoomlion has not been able to empty refuse containers and this has become a great source of worry to the residents.

Mr Kofi Asare, a resident of Agona Swedru Mahodwe and petty trader, told Ghana News Agency that the residents are afraid that there would be an outbreak of influenza as the rains have not halted.

He said the Zoomlion officers when contacted complained of regular breakdown of roll-on vehicles trucks and this has become a major challenge for the company.

A visit to the Mangoase and Swedru Post Office area, all suburbs of Agona Swedru, by GNA saw the extent of the situation.

The garbage that had piled up in these areas were huge and residents could cope with odours emanating from the uncollected refuse heap.

Ms Efua Mensah, a resident at Agona Swedru, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, expressed concern that the Agona West Municipal Assembly which engaged Zoomlion to undertake clearing of refuse, has not bordered to take any action against the company.

She said once the Zoomlion has entered into a contractual agreement with the Assembly it is their responsibility to ensure that work is done.

At Assisim, Yaabem, Agona Swedru Old Zongo, Nkubem, Wawase all communities in Swedru are facing the same poor sanitation which bring diseases to the residents.

Mr Edward Ziddah, Agona West Municipal Director of Zoomlion, said the rampant break down of trucks has made it difficult for the work to progress.

He said Zoomlion is facing huge challenges which have not been easy to solve it but gradually, management of the company had been able to repair some broken down trucks and has started emptying piled- up refuse in the Municipality.

Madam Adjoa Yeboah, another resident said, the assembly pays huge sums of money to Zoomlion every quarter from its share of the District Common Fund yet filth is endemic in many areas including where refuse containers are found.

She said that the situation behind the Swedru Central Market is not different where smoke in some refuse heaps is polluting the entire community.

Mr Kwesi Atta, a resident of Swedru Babianiha, a suburb of Agona Swedru, told GNA that it is worrying at Babianiha where Zoomlion has placed refuse containers close to the circuit and magistrate courts, but has failed to collect the rubbish that had piled up for many weeks.

He said at Agona Swedru Mandela Market it is worrying to see the women during market days openly displaying their wares close to the filth whiles selling to the public.

At the PROTOA Lorry Station, Mr Yaw Fayah, Central Regional Chairman, told GNA that the executives are also worried with the prevailing situation and urged the Agona West Assembly and Environmental Health Officers to do more to check the situation.

Mr George Freeman, Agona West Environmental Health and Sanitation Officer, said Mrs Justina Assan, Municipal Chief Executive for Agona West, has had many meetings with the officials of Zoomlion on the situation in the area.

He said the environmental management is a shared responsibility, adding that the Assembly alone cannot carry out that huge task but contributions are needed from all stakeholders.

Source: Ghana News Agency