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Regional News Thu, 5 Feb 2004

Ten Billion Cedis Sanitation Equipment Commissioned

Accra, Feb. 4. GNA - Mr Kwadwo Adjei Darko, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development on Wednesday said a minimum of 100 million cedis was spent on waste collection and disposal in Accra. Fifty million cedis was also spent on that of Kumasi.

Mr Adjei Darko gave the figurese when he commissioned sanitation equipment worth about 10 billion cedis in Accra to support the efforts of the local authorities in combating the problems of waste management in the country.

The equipment which were assembled by Messrs PHC Motors Limited were 20 Skip BMC Trucks and 200 Communal Refused Containers Mr Adjei Darko said that the major challenge facing the city administration was the management of solid and liquid waste and expressed the hope that the Government would address the problem.

He said: "We have no option but to develop the capacity to deal with the collection and disposal of the waste we generate." The Minister said this was the fourth time in three years that the Ministry had procured and delivered various equipments in support of environmental sanitation activities.

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He expressed the hope that the Government would procure and deliver more sanitation equipments before the end of this year.

Mr. Adjei Darko congratulated those who contributed to ensure the acquisition of the equipment, especially, PHC Motors.

Mr Paul Kwabena Pepera, Managing Director of PHC Motors Limited, said the Company was proud to be associated with the management of waste which had engulfed the country, especially in the urban centres. He thanked the government for selecting the company to deliver the equipment.

Source: GNA
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