Citizens Feedback Deliver Results: Refuse cleared in Nyohini
The MP for Tamale South Haruna Iddrisu has cleared a huge refuse damp in the Nyohini community in the Tamale Metropolis following concerns raised by callers and discussants on Radio Savannah programme Tamale Today supported by Penplusbytes and financed by MAVC.
The refuse damp had become a nuisance in the community, drawing flies and producing an unbearable stench. Residents in the area were pleased with the new development but appealed to the Assembly to empty a refuse container placed there frequently. A similar refuse damp at the Nyohini Presbyterian cluster of schools remains unattended to. The refuse damp has become a source of worry to teachers and pupils of the school as polythene materials of various colours from the refuse dump fly into the classrooms whenever the wind blows.
The sanitation situation in the area is largely poor, with over 80 percent of houses in the area without toilet facilities. Residents are therefore forced to openly defecate, sometimes in the classrooms of the Presbyterian cluster of schools. The only public toilet in the area costs 20 pesewas and some residents say they cannot afford this amount everyday. When I visited the newly cleared refuse damp, which is less than 30 meters from the toilet, I saw children defecating on the cleared land. Residents have turned classrooms into toilets, causing inconvenience for pupils and staff of the school. Though parents are concerned about the poor sanitation situation in the area, they are not willing to pay to enable the assembly deliver quality sanitation in the area. Just before I left the scene, my attention was drawn to a large refuse dump that has grown behind the Nhohini Presbyterian cluster of schools. This will be our focus for tomorrow’s programme.