The Obiri Yeboah Primary School in Kumasi is located adjacent to a garbage disposal site managed by Zoom Lion, a private company contracted by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA). About 2 years ago, the wall separating the school from the site was accidentally knocked down by one of Zoom Lion’s garbage trucks. This accident has left the school, its students and teachers exposed to the unpleasant stench of decomposing garbage, flies and the threat of diseases. Community members also often cut through the school’s yard as a shortcut to dump their garbage.
Over the course of two years, the school’s administrators have made numerous appeals to Zoom Lion and the KMA to rebuild the wall but their appeals have fallen on deaf ears. The school administrators do not have the funds to rebuild the wall themselves. Frustrated, they contacted Luv FM in a desperate bid to have the matter resolved. I visited the school with a fellow intern, Zarau Sharrif, to speak to the school’s teachers and to see the situation for ourselves.
The smell of garbage was overwhelming and the giant garbage bin across the school yard was a sight for sore eyes. We contacted the KMA to find out why the problem was allowed to fester for 2 years. The KMA officer in charge said that he had only been on the job for six months and was unaware of the problem. At the time of this writing, there has been no attempt to rebuild the wall.