The District Chief Executive for Tano North, Apraku Lartey, has assured the concerned residents of Yamfo that the huge refuse dump which is bedeviling them will soon be collected within the year. He said government in partnership with foreign companies is to use the refuse dumps in the country to generate electricity. Mr. Apraku who hails from Yamfo and a also a former Youth Chairman of Yamfo revealed this in an interview with Develop Ghana Newspaper, when some irate Youth of Yamfo led by the Vice Chairman of Yamfo Youth, Yaw Atem in collaboration with the Benkumhene of Yamfo, Nana Poku expressed their displeasure with the DCEâ€™s comments that the Community should use money from the Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation (NADEF) to collect the refuse in the area. The DCE in response noted that there are about 53 Communities in Tano South and Yamfoâ€™s problems cannot be solved at a go by the District Assembly and pleaded that the available fund or resources should be used to support removal of the refuse while the District Assembly deal with other development projects in Yamfo and its environs. Mr. Apraku further revealed that government has presented a proposal to the Attorney Generalâ€™s Department which has been approved in respect of using refuse dumps to generate electricity adding work will soon commence as a meeting between the DCEs and Company Officials has been held. Mr. Apraku noted that a Company will be established in Sunyani to help use plastic wastes to produce bitumen to tar roads while other waste materials will be used to generate electricity. He noted that the refuse dump in Yamfo alone will not be enough for the company, saying, they need to travel to Tepa and surrounding communities in the region to collect other wastes. He said this will save the District Assemblies money as they will not be charged for removal of wastes. Mr. Apraku pledged governmentâ€™s support to school matrons in respect of the payment of their salaries in the district. Some matrons who spoke with Develop Ghana Newspaper said they have not been paid since June 2014, adding that they have to pay their workers and buy food items in order to provide the needed balanced diet for the pupil which is leaving them cash strapped.
Source: Biiya Mukusah Ali/newspaper.developghana.comÂ Â