Residents of Akplabanya within the Ada West district within the Better Accra Area are filling the Akplaba lagoon with refuse of their ailing mannered bid to reclaim it for actual property growth.
One is welcome to the fishing city with the outlandish sight of an algae surfaced lagoon laced with polythene baggage, sachets and bottles.
The shores of the lagoon which is a thriving breeding floor for mosquitoes, is lined with a number of huts, firewood, and ‘chokor people who smoke’ as ladies of the city who’re predominantly fish mongers, smoke fish for the market.
Mr Amos Dotse Kwao, Meeting Member for the Akplabanya Electoral Space, instructed the Ghana Information Company that greater than half of the residents of the city have been filling the lagoon with refuse after which they might seal it with sand.
In keeping with Mr Kwao, the residents, who complain concerning the sea regularly eroding their settlement, have been busily filling to reclaim the lagoon to construct on it, a follow he agreed was harmful.
He, nonetheless, added that the city used to flood at any time when it rained however such perennial floods had drastically decreased after a personal salt successful firm blocked water from Okumagbe city, which is uphill, to create synthetic salt ponds.
On the difficulty of sanitation, he famous that residents of the densely populated city hardly dumped refuse into the neighborhood refuse containers offered by the Meeting as a result of they most well-liked dumping it into the lagoon to quicken the reclamation course of.
He added that the individuals solely participated in neighborhood clean-up train “when they’re within the temper”.
He appealed to authorities to construct a sea protection wall on the Akplabanya shores to avoid wasting the city the menace of tidal waves, and in addition known as for the development of a touchdown seaside to spice up fishing in the neighborhood.
Relating different challenges of the city, he complained concerning the irregular movement of water within the space as he mentioned “water typically handed by their faucets weekly and the occasion occurs largely at midnight.”
Mr Kwao additionally acknowledged that regardless of its excessive inhabitants and sanitary situations, the city lacked a Neighborhood-Primarily based Well being Planning and Service (CHPS) noting that the neighborhood leaders have been planning on constructing a well being centre for the world.
Mr Maxwell Huago, The Undertaking Director of Akplabanya Divine Healers Little one Improvement Centre of Compassion Worldwide, described the city as very filthy.
Mr Huago corroborated the Meeting man’s complaints of residents displaying apathy throughout cleanup workouts as they most well-liked siting or idling about unconcerned and watching members of Compassion Worldwide clear and fumigate the world.
He added that well being reviews on kids within the city to his outfit indicated that majority of them suffered from malaria and different sanitation associated ailments, a scenario which had led to them to accentuate sanitation and hygiene training amongst residents.
He appealed to conventional and opinion leaders within the city to unite and encourage their residents to take sanitation points critical to assist enhance their well being.