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Lack of social amenities, Dawhenya community calls on government for support

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Students of Dwahenya D/A Methodist Primary school in the Ningo Prampram district of the Greater Accra Region are experiencing terrible insanitary conditions.

With a population of almost nine thousand inhabitants, the school lacks a toilet facility as a place of convenience for students.
The school is the major government school in the North Dawhenya electoral area battling poor sanitation as the school is often engulfed with filth because it lacks what it takes to procure waste bins to manage the waste they produce.

Now, burning the waste in front of the school – which pollutes the air and causes health and other environmental threats – is the only option they have.
From afar, the NEWS TEAM could see the only toilet facility in a very deplorable state.

Its terrible state have compelled students in the school to defecate on parts of the school compound as the only option.
Community development seeks to empower individuals and groups of people with the skills they need to effect change within their communities but this cannot be told.
In an interview with the assembly member for the area, Moses Kutor told the NEWS TEAM, that the facility for the past forty years has not seen any facelift.
“…the only toilet we have in the Dawhenya is over forty years now and resident have been sharing the school toilet facilities with the students.”
For the students, they want government to come to their aid.

“Our toilet facility is in a total mess, we plead to the government to come to our aid because we are suffering”.
In a related development, the Dawhenya south town park has gradually turned into a refuse dumping site for residents.
The town park serves as a path for residents in this area. But residents complain the area becomes unusable especially when it rains due to the indiscriminate dumping of refuse.
Dawhenya south town park was used by all stakeholders in the community for funerals and sometimes by churches and sports.
But this has stopped due to it insanitary state.
It has been observed however that the waste and other rubbish from this side are washed into the Prampram lagoon when it rains.
Assembly member, Moses Kutor, revealed that efforts have been in place to help curb the menace but to no avail.
“We spoke to the District chief executive, the zoom lion and the sanitation officers but nothing has been done.”
Waste management practices are not uniform among countries (developed and developing nations); regions (urban and rural areas), residential and industrial sectors can all take different approaches.
Proper management of waste is important for building sustainable and livable cities, but it remains a challenge for many developing countries and cities.
According to available statistics, effective waste management is relatively expensive, usually comprising 20%–50% of municipal budgets.
Operating this essential municipal service requires integrated systems that are efficient, sustainable, and socially supported.
A large portion of waste management practices deal with municipal solid waste (MSW) which is the bulk of the waste that is created by household, industrial, and commercial.
In an interview with ASHAIMAN TV reporter, Jackine Favour Asassey, both assembly members in the various electoral areas said, sanitation is the major problem confronting the town since they assume office.

Way forward
Quality education in the Sustainable Development Goal Two (2) is very essential and should be a wakeup call for all.
Measures of waste management include measures for integrated techno-economic mechanisms of a circular economy, effective disposal facilities, export and import control and optimal sustainable design of products that are produced.
In the first systematic review of the scientific evidence around global waste, its management and its impact on human health and life, authors concluded that about a fourth of all the municipal solid terrestrial waste is not collected.

It continued that an additional fourth is mismanaged after collection, often being burned in open and uncontrolled fires – or close to one billion tons per year when combined.

They also found that broad priority areas each lack a “high-quality research base”, partly due to the absence of “substantial research funds funding”, which motivated scientists often require.

They are therefore calling on the government to assist them with these social amenities in improve livelihood in the community.


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