The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mohammed AdjeiSowah, given the assurance that the government will no time settle all debts it owes environmental service providers.
He explains that the government acknowledges the need for environmental cleanliness and the role the service providers play in ensuring same, so it would not shirk its responsibility of paying environmental service providers to keep them in business.
Mr Sowah said this on Citi FM’s Citi Breakfast show today apparently in response to a front page story of the digital version of the DAILY HERITAGE newspaper edition on Wednesday tMarch 11 in which the Environmental Services Providers Association (ESPA) and the Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) called on the government to pay over GHS40 million it owed operators of landfill sites, failure of which the operators would withdraw their services as their companies are on the verge of collapse.
“I have always argued that when people work, we should find ways of paying them. Last week, we had a conversation around it with the Minister for Sanitation and Zoomlion, who is the biggest beneficiary of this debt and we are seeking to continue with the conversation. Government is eager to make sure that those owed are paid,” the AMA chief executive said.
“Decision making goes through a process and it ends on the table of the Minister of Finance and then approval is given and then monies are paid. We have had an emergency situation when the President had intervened directly and monies had been paid to these companies before. So it is not totally out of hand and I think that they should continue to have conversations indoors. Bringing it to the public domain will not solve the problem.”
It is recalled that reporter Muntalla Inusah of the DAILY HERITAGE filed a story on Wednesday with the headline ‘Landfill sites risk closure .Over GHc42m debt. In that story he painted the frustrations of the environmental service providers in the face of their inability to get the government to pay them for their service and the fear of collapse of their businesses.