Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR), Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah, has commended the contractor working on the Oti Landfill in the Ashanti Region, describing work done so far as “very impressive and beautiful.”
She consequently encouraged the contractor to work on schedule to enable the government showcase the end product to the good people of Kumasi and its environs.
“We all saw the history from the beginning, and I must say that work done so far is very impressive and beautiful. I am praying that we do work on schedule to showcase what we intend for the good people of Kumasi, because this is the biggest landfill site, I will say, in Ghana,” Mrs Dapaah said.
Her visit to the Oti Landfill site on Thursday, May 20, 2021, was to climax her four-day working tour which begun in Eastern Region.
As part of the tour, the minister inspected various water bodies in the two regions and also water treatment plants of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) sited close to these water bodies.
The water bodies were Rivers Birim in the Eastern and Oda, Barekese and Owabi all in the Ashanti Region.
According to Mrs Dapaah, the essence of the Oti Landfill project was to change the face of landfill in the country.
“When we normally talk about landfill it is where we go and put the waste.
However, she pointed out that the Oti Landfill project was being engineered, giving it layers of cover to eliminate completely rodents, reptiles any bad odour, adding “…and then we go ahead to also decommission part of it to put to other uses.”
She said a large portion of the land would be used for a recreation or an event centre, adding that the communities’ input in all of this will be taken into consideration.
“From time to time we don’t sit in the office—we come out to make sure we see for ourselves at firsthand what the contractors are doing on site as well as the consultant,” she said “I must also commend the whole team, the workers working on the site, and we hope that when we finish this will be a showpiece for West Africa.”
Mrs Dapaah reiterated that her outfit always insist on value for money, stating that “all the work being done on the landfill is being evaluated and valued by our in-house technical team as well.
“…so we are working closely to make sure we achieve the best for Ghana,” she said.
In this regard, she praised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for his “visionary leadership.”
“And we want to commend His Excellency, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for his visionary leadership because we all knew what it was and how it was, before he gave his approval for us to engage a local contractor as well as a local consultant to carry out this beautiful work,” she said.
Mrs Dapaah was accompanied on her tour by her deputy Minister-designate, Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, the Managing Director of GWCL, Ing. Dr Clifford Braimah, and the Executive Director of Water Resources Commission (WRC).
The rest were Mr Ben Yaw Ampomah, the Chief Director of MSWR, Mr Noah Tumfo, the Public Relations of GWCL, Mr Stanley Martey, and the head of CWS.
It would be recalled that the MSWR in 2019 announced that the government had awarded the Oti Landfill (which is double the size of Kpone Landfill—40 acres) to local contractor, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, for upgrading.
According to the ministry, major works of the project would include reshaping of the slopes, improving all access roads and liquid waste treatment facilities at the site.
It also indicated that the entire project would be funded by the government.