The Rotary Club of Accra-Ring Road Central (RRC), as part of efforts to help make Accra one of the cleanest cities in Africa has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to install over 80 public waste bins along the Accra Ring Road Central.
This is expected to help to curb littering in the city as well as encourage the proper disposal of waste from the Kwame Nkrumah Circle to the Danquah Circle in Osu, Accra.
The Head of Waste Management at AMA, Mr. Victor Neequaye Kotey, who signed the MOU on behalf of the Assembly on Monday said, the Assembly would be responsible for the daily maintenance of the waste bins, advise Rotary Club on the appropriate bins to be procured, specific locations to install the bins and the appropriate methods to secure the bins for the project.
He expressed appreciation to the RCC for the bins and assured that the assembly would keep to its part of the bargain in the implementation of the project.
Mr. Kotey revealed that AMA spend close to GH¢3,000.00 daily to collect over 1000 tons of waste dropped on the streets of Accra, adding that the placement of waste bins along the streets would help reduce the amount of waste collected.
Dr. Dennis Addo, President of Rotary Club of Accra- Ring Road Central in an address said the project was premised on the President's vision to make Accra one of the cleanest cities in Africa.
He said that as part of their responsibilities as spelt out in the agreement, his outfit would secure and provide waste bins along the ring road central from Kwame Nkrumah Circle to Danquah circle, to ensure the waste bins were secured firmly to minimize theft and to conduct monitoring of the waste bins and provide replacements when found defective.
“RCC shall also bring to the attention of the AMA when the bins are not serviced according to the agreed maintenance schedule, ensure the bins are adequately branded with AMA and RCC logos and involve the AMA in any publicity associated with this sanitation project,” he added.
"We have seen the AMA doing some work to realize the President's vision and as a service club of professionals we thought we could partner the assembly and other organisations to improve the sanitation conditions in Accra," he said.
"The Ring -Road is a busy stretch populated area and people drop lots of waste on daily basis, so we are putting these litter bins on both ends of the road and firmly secured to prevent theft," he added.
He announced that it was the intention of the club to extend the project to other areas where necessary to build a healthy city and encouraged other institutions to emulate the example.
Head of Public Affairs at the AMA, Gilbert Nii Ankrah, cautioned city dwellers to desist from stealing the waste bins, and admonished all to contribute to the clean Accra agenda.
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