Government has been urged to use a portion of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF), for the establishment of Zoomlion’s Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant (IRECORP) across the country.
A Joint Select Committee of Parliament, comprising Local Government & Rural Development, Works & Housing and Environment, Science and Technology addressing the media in Accra said poor sanitation conditions has reached alarming levels, posing risks to human health.
It was against this backdrop, that the members of the Select Committee underscored the need for part of the District Assemblies’ Common Fund to be used to address the sanitation menace by establishing recycling plants in all the regions.
There is a growing need to establish local recycling plants across the country, as experts claim that Ghana’s sanitation crisis is deepening.
Research has established that 61% of waste generated in Ghana is organic and 14% plastic which are all processed at IRECOP with paper and textiles which is 5% and 2% respectively bringing the total to 82%.
IRECOP receives between 280 to 360 tons of municipal solid waste a day meaning a chunk of the waste generated in the cities could be taken care of if we have IRECOP situated at vantage places.
Member of Parliament for Ahafo Ano North, Suleman Adamu Sanid, said if such regulations are swiftly implemented, irrespective of which government is in power, the sector would receive adequate funding to address the perennial problem.
The MP said it was not fair for some government agencies to benefit from the DACF whiles sanitation, which is a critical sector of the economy, be denied such financial support.
“Should it become a matter of practice, no matter which government is in power, every other year, we expect that our sanitation challenges would be given the needed attention,” Mr Adamu Sanid added.
On his part, MP for Banda, Ahmed Ibrahim, made a passionate appeal to the presidency to ensure that all 16 regions benefit from Zoomlion’s Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant (IRECORP).