Zoomlion drivers withdraw services; heaps of refuse pile up in Accra

BY: Gertrude Ankah Nyavi

Heaps of refuse have started piling up at various suburbs in the Accra Metropolitan area, following the withdrawal of services by drivers of waste management company, Zoomlion.

It is unclear the reason for the withdrawal but the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in a statement on the disruption of the collection of waste has assured that it was working to bring the situation under control.

"The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), wishes to inform the general public that, drivers of Zoomlion Ghana Limited [Accra Zone] have withdrawn their services from the city this morning without any official notice to the Assembly."

"In view of the situation, there are uncollected solid wastes at various locations across the city."

The statement said the AMA has deployed Tipper Trucks to collect all heaps as a temporal measure to manage the situation.

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In a radio interview on Accra based Joy FM, the Chief Executive Officer of AMA, Mr Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah said the drivers withdrew their services without notification and that was why there were heaps refuse in town.

Zoomlion Ghana limited is one of the companies in charge of house waste collection in the metropolis and also street sweeping under the YEA (Youth Employment Agency] module, the Mayor said

“We want to be transparent with the people of Accra that the pile of refuse in town is not as a result of our inefficiency,” he added.

According to him, the assembly does not owe Zoomlion, adding that the problem is between the workers and the management of the company.

He appealed to the management of Zoomlion as a matter of urgency, resolve the problem with the workers to enable them go back to work since the temporal measure comes with additional cost.