By Patrick C.M. Kollie
After persistent calls to remove uncollected garbage at the Kakata Bong Mines Parking Station in Margibi County felt on deaf ears, residents and park users are demanding authorities of Kakata City Corporation (KCC) unconditionally remove the stockpile of dirt that has overwhelmed community dwellers.
Residents, especially park users, want KCC remove the garbage and also relocate the dumpsite.
The Bong Mines Road Parking Station is being selected as a temporary dumpsite by the KCC, but City Mayor Emmanuel Goll said he has since ordered its relocation.
Despite Mayor Goll’s alleged order, residents said since the City Corporation ordered all dirt collected in major streets and communities to be dumped at that area, the parking lot has remained overwhelmed by uncollected garbage that has polluted the entire community, thus endangering the safety of residents.
They therefore accused KCC workers and some community dwellers of “uncontrollably dumping dirt at that particular designated site, to which city authorities have turned a blind eye and refused to relocate the dumpsite in order to protect residents from a potential outbreak of disease.
“When we engaged City Mayor Emmanuel Goll recently, the KCC brought a vehicle that partly removed the dirt, but eventually left the scene. Since then, the garbage has increased more than ever before, polluting the communities and also giving the city an offensive odor,” some of the residents informed the Daily Observer.
They said because of the huge uncollected garbage, they are now experiencing unsanitary health conditions; therefore, they want the City Corporation promptly remove the dirt and relocate the dumpsite far away from the city’s eight-mile radius.
They claimed that the huge garbage stockpile has caused the entire Bong Mines Parking lot and adjacent communities to smell offensive to the extent that passers-by, especially travelers and some community dwellers directly affected by the pollution, have described the zone as “hold your nose and pass community.”
They reported an increase of mosquitoes, flies, rats and other insects and rodents at the parking station and the adjacent communities. With the current unsanitary conditions created by KCC, commuters can no longer frequent the “the hold your nose and pass community.”
Ma Dorris, 74, alleged that the Bong Mines Parking lot where she and her family live is overwhelmed by pollution, strange flies and other crawling insects, thus putting her family at serious health risk.
In a telephone conversation earlier, City Mayor Goll confirmed that the corporation arranged for its workers to collect the garbage stockpile, but said he has since ordered that the site be relocated.
Mayor Goll said the City Corporation’s truck and that of its partner, NC Sanitor and Services, have been grounded, “because they developed mechanical fault.”