…Over Spillage Of Deadly Water
By Alfred K Dogbey
After years of inhaling bad stench, officials from the Human Security Division of National Security has rescued residents of Ofankor-Asofan, a suburb of Accra in the Ga-West Municipality from the awful stench that emanates from a septic tank of a fruit juice producing factory, Oware Fruit Juice Company.
The awful stench, until the National Security intervention, became a major health threat for the residents, compelling some of them to temporally flee the vicinity to live with relatives and friends.
But checks by The Herald at the company premises last Thursday, September 18, revealed that production activities at the factory have been halted. The doors were locked up, whilst the septic tank which contains the bad water was empty.
The entire vicinity was quiet with no indication of the usual wetness coupled with the unpleasant odour that engulfed the area sometime ago.
The only disturbing observation made at the time of visit was the activity of one, Mr. Ohene Ampong Nuamah, who has turned the road in front of
his house into a washing bay.
Although the owner of the washing bay, has confessed not having any authorization to operate, he disclosed that he had paid Ga-West Municipal sanitation officials for the facility.
“Whenever they come around, they come for their cuts,” he alleges, in spite of the damage being caused to the road.
Mr. Kwabena Badu Yeaboah, the Accra-West Regional Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) boss, whose outfit authorized the factory to operate in the area, confirmed the company has been asked to relocate.
He also revealed to The Herald that the company is currently relocating to a new site near Nsawam on the Accra—Kumasi highway.
According to him, EPA has ordered the management of the company to give them a roadmap for their relocation.
Mr. Badu Yeboah, also disclosed to this paper that owners of the company, had come to purchase a new registration form to the effect for the relocation.
He gave the assurance that his outfit would do an assessment and conduct inspection on the site, once both conforms with the roadmap of EPA, the company will be granted the permit to operate.
The EPA boss pointed out that the strength of the agency is very limited, urging the public to provide them with information on any unpleasant activities of some individuals in their vicinity.
He also suggested that Security Personnel should be attached to them when they are embarking on such duties.
Meanwhile, leader of the Human Security Department group, Major Awuni, in an interview with The Herald said, they have achieved their core duty of providing safety for all individuals in the society, regardless of their status.
The Herald a couple of weeks ago, reported about the indiscriminate pollution of water bodies in the area, from an underground septic tank by a beverage producing company, Oware Fruit Juice Enterprise at Ofankor /Asofan.
The septic tank which is situated in the middle of the road, had its waste water regularly being discharged onto the road, directly in front of the factory, thus damaging portions of the road.
What was more worrying was the bad stench, which emanates from the sewage tank whenever it spills.
However, despite incessant complaints and several petitions filed by residents who live near and around the factory to the management of the company, owned by a certain Alex Oware and authorities at the Ga-West Municipal Assembly, no action was taken about the issue, leading to the intervention by the National Security operatives.