Ranking member of local gov’t committee of parliament recommends compensation packages for farmers around Tamale landfill site
Ranking member of parliamentary sect committee on local government and rural development, Mr Nii Lante Vanderpuye has suggested to the management of the Tamale landfill site consider compensating farmers around the landfill site.
The former local government and rural development minister advised both Tamale metropolitan assembly and the Sagnarigu municipal assemblies to collaborate with the farmers and compensate them whatever they have suffered as a result of lack proper management from time past.
The Odododiodio Constituency legislator gave the suggestion when the joint committee, comprises environment, finance, local government and works and housing inspected progress of work of Integrated Recycling Compost Plant (iRCOP) at Gbalahi as part their 3-day tour of Northern, Savannah and North east regions.
“Today, I have seen them doing some work on it but I will go further to say that possibly all the farmers around, the assembly must collaborate with them; Once the new site is developed, the farmers can come back to their farming and the compost plant can even act as supply point of manure for their farms and better collaboration could be work out whereby as part of their compensation packages, the farmers can be given free compost’’ Nii Lante recommended.
He was impressed about work at Tamale landfill site management and expect same from Kumasi and other regions.
Mr Nii Lante said the management of site adhere to the recommendation the committee recommended in their last visit and has well compacted the site. He told the media that because of parliament oversight responsibility and also taken on the fact under their regulations and standing Orders, government assurances are key.
The assurances the management of the site gave, the Ranking member recollected during their last visit was based on the recommendations they did and that have been realized with some work been done unlike Sekondi.
’’Here whatever recommendation we made as far as management and maintenance of the landfill site have been taken care off’’ he heaped praises on site management. I have seen the camping; I climb up myself and I have seen the compaction truck doing work making sure that the waste dumped here daily is well compacted and also using lateritic to cover it. I also saw where they use plastic materials to cover to prevent the lychees won’t have chance to penetrate through the soil and eventually pollute the water bodies around, the Ranking member said.