President Mahama denounces dumping of faeces into sea

President John Dramani Mahama on Thursday gave the assurance that government would do everything within its purview to stop the dislodging of faecal matter into the sea in the coastal area.

“The current situation, where faecal matter is dislodged into the ocean is unacceptable and shameful and we shall rally round all the authorities engaged in sanitation to stop that practice that had existed for more than 18 years,” President Mahama added.

President Mahama gave this assurance when he inspected the proposed Mudor Faecal Treatment Plant at Korle Lagoon in Accra.

The project which was initiated by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) with technological support from the Danish government when completed would absorb all the liquid and solid waste within the metropolis.

The plant is currently receiving between 40 and 45 vehicle loads of faeces on daily basis where liquid is separated from the solids, which is eventually turned into compost manure for farming activities in farming communities.

Apart from tested as the most sustainable means of absorbing solid and liquid waste in Denmark for the past 30 years, it has over the years also become the major source of fertilizers that were more effective and affordable in the Scandinavian country.

President Mahama said the technology when completed would be replicated in every region and district to rid the cities and towns off the filth that had over the years engulfed those urban dwelling places.

He promised to work hand-in hand with the Danish government to maximize the benefits of the project for the betterment of all Ghanaians irrespective of their geographical location.

Mr Nogens Jensen, Danish Trade and Development Minister said the technology was the best considering the fact deposited faecal matter could dry up for recycling within a matter of 24 hours and promised to offer the necessary assistance for the Ghanaian counterparts to benefit.

He said the recycled waste could also be used for land reclamation apart from its use as compost fertilizer for crop production.

Also at the programme were; Mr Julius Debrah, Greater Accra Regional Minister, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, Mayor of Accra Metrooplis and Ben Dotsei Malor, Communications and Spokesperson for President Mahama. GNA

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