Parliamentary Select Committee on Local Government and Rural Development has pledged to work with government to prevent the shut down of the Lavender Hill Faecal Treatment Plant near James Town that treats sewage in Accra.
The committee made the pledge when they paid working visit to the Lavender Hill and also tour Mudor sewer network site near Korle-Lagoon in Accra on Thursday this week.
The visit was occasioned by news report that, the Plants risk shut down if government failed or refused to intervene with a bailout.
During the tour at the plant site, General Manager of the Plants, Haidar Said called for support due to high cost of running the facility, else the plant risk closed down.
According to him, the treatment plant which receives waste from the Accra, Central Business District Sewere Network including High Street, Ministries, Osu/Labone, State House, the Flagstaff House/Kanda, Korley-Bu and Dansoman areas is in dire straits
Currently, he said, the plant needed an amount of GHS3million monthly to be able to operate effectively, adding that the plant treat 18,000m3 of waste a day out of the 26,000m3 waste generates in Accra CBD daily.
In addition to that, he said salaries and wages of workers, maintenance of machines and interest accumulation on the land are major challenges.
The General Manager also noted that the inability to receive a full contract from the government was other challenges, stating,“I cannot ask my staff to work without pay so please we need a solution and we need your help to come up with a solution,” he appealed to authorities.”
He said, the Plant only had some Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Local Government and other official communication with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly.
Mr, Haidar however made a passionate appeal to the Parliamentary Select Committee and the government to save the plant from imminent shutdown by signing a contract and also release funds to run the effectively.
Chairman of the Local Government Committee of Parliament and Majority Chief Whip, Mr Kwasi Ameyaw Cheremeh, said the committee would sit on the matter and find a lasting solution to the challenges, nothing, sewer treatment is sanitation and health matter that should not be down played.
He further pledged the commitment of government to ensure that plant is not close down with support to prevent any closure.
Other members of the committee were,Hon Benjamin Yeboah Sekyere, Vice Chairman,Edwind Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, Ranking, Benjamin Komla Kpodo, Patricia Appiagyei, Stephen Michael Essuah Kofi Ackah, Dominic Napare, and Adam Salifu Braimah.
The rest were Daniel Botwe, Abdul-Aziz Mohammed, Kwabena Appiah-Pinkrah, Yaw Afful, Bright Wireko-Brobby,Kwabena OWUSU-Aduom, Ahmed Ibrahim, Thomas Nyarko Ampem and Samuel Atta Mills.
The Committee which composed of twenty members mandate includes to examine matters relating to Local Government and Rural Development issues generally.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba