The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah has commenced the Assembly’s 2020 stakeholder engagement with residents of Korle-Bu, a suburb in the city.
The Mayor who joined the residents’ association meeting on Sunday commended the community members for organizing themselves into residents association to address challenges in the community.
“Usually addressing community issues are a bit of a challenge because of the difficulty in mobilising people for engagement but in a community where residents have organised themselves it becomes easier to engage, through its structures and addresses challenges confronting the community," he said.
Touching on the incident of fire outbreak in the area which engulfed the vicinity with smoke the Mayor noted that when his team got to the scene they realised that it was not the kind of a fire which could be extinguished by water from the fire service hence using unconventional methods to bring the fire under control.
"It took us two and a half days to quench the fire,” he explained adding that silt from the lagoon had to be used to help quench the fire.
He refuted claims that the location was a dumping site for solid waste in the city stressing that the fire was caused by scavengers who normally pick wastes from the silt collected from the lagoon and was able to spread faster due to the methane in the area.
"The location is not a dumping site, what you see there are a mixture of silts and solid waste collected from the lagoon, " he explained describing the incident as an accident.
“I am a climate change activist and I represent African Mayors on the global platform for climate change activities so I am very mindful of activities that contribute to emission and wouldn't sit unconcerned, “he said.
On the issue of an unusual smell purportedly emanating from the Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant (IRECOP) on the Mortuary road he disclosed that a formal report had been lodged at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct an air quality study in the area and advise accordingly.
The Korle- Bu District Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Theophilus Essilfie in a remark, disclosed that his outfit had deployed motorbike patrol teams as well as regular patrols in the community to help prevent crime in the area.