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Oyibi waste project not landfill site – Sanitation Minister clarifies

Water Resources and Sanitation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda says the site acquired by government at Oyibi in Accra is to be used to process waste and not a landfill, as feared by some residents.
According to Mr Adda, the site is one of three sites government acquired in 2013 from the chiefs and people of Otinibi to be used for processing waste in Accra into value-added by-products.
The project when completed will process about 20,000 tonnes of garbage generated by residents in the nation’s capital.
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The Minister’s comments come days after angry residents of the area registered their displeasure with government for the decision.
He told host of Joy FM's Super Morning Show Friday that “government is very sensitive to the health of the people” and therefore, will not be engaged in anything “that will adversely affect their lives.”
The Navrongo Central Parliamentarian said the Plant will take the waste into conveyor belts to be sorted before the waste is converted into valued added byproducts such fertliser while residues are used to power incinerators at the plant.
“This is not going to be landfill site; it’s not going to be a dumpsite it’s not going to be anything close to a landfill site…it’s a processing plant,” he assured.
Mr Adda said a report on an impact assessment exercise conducted by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) does not indicate that the plant will have an adverse effect on residential facilities.
The plant when operational will generate over 300 direct jobs as well as hundreds of indirect jobs for people in its catchment areas

Source: Myjoyonline.com



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