A move around Kumasi indicates indeed that most drains in Kumasi are clogged with filth even as the nation prepares to observe another National Sanitation Day.
Several drains were cleared off filth during the previous Sanitation Day when dignitaries and volunteers including his Royal Majesty Asantehene Otumfuor Osei Tutu II cleaned major areas in the metropolis.
One of such drains is located close to the Ashanti region office of the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) near the Akwatia Railway line.
Residents who participated in the previous Sanitation Day activity spent much time clearing the heavy filth accumulated in the drain.
But as the nation prepares towards another Sanitation Day, most of the drains have taken to their old shape because the filth has found its way back into the drains.
Residents living along the Akwatia railway line are unhappy with the development and called for the provision of refuse containers which they believe will help consolidate the gains made during the sanitation day clean-ups.
The residents say people who liter the environment do it either midnight or early morning when they realized there are no people around.
Some other residents who want an end to the filth in the area say until authorities provide a proper dump site, the problem of filth will persist.
“There are no proper dump sites around here, hence we travel long distances to dump our refuse. Until we are provided with such facility, residents will continue to dump filth into the drains,” a resident warned.
Honorable Assembly Member for the Afful-Nkwanta electoral area, Mr Addae Acheampong expressed dissatisfaction about the development and blames residents of Asawasi for dumping refuse into the drains in their area which he said is transferred to his area.
“It is not the people at my area, because I have spoken to people and they tell me the filth comes from Asawasi,”he indicated.
He reveals an official request has been made at the Waste Management Department of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) for containers to be provided for the residents in the area. He has assured residents the containers will be provided soon.