West Africa Senior High School now dumping ground (pg 21)

SOME residents of Adenta in Accra have turned a section of the West Africa Senior High School into a refuse dump, resulting in unbearable stench in the school that is affecting academic work.

The mountain of rubbish is made up of leftover food, plastic materials, human excreta and saw dust.

The residents, some of whom have been ejected from the streets of Adenta to pave way for the construction of the Madina-Aburi road, have relocated their structures along the wall of the school.

They sneak under the cover of darkness to throw away rubbish, which has risen above the wall, while others are said to scale the wall to ease themselves on the school compound, sometimes in broad daylight.

When the Daily Graphic visited the school, several spots of human excreta were found scattered on the football field and close to the basketball and tennis courts.
The otherwise serene atmosphere was filled with unpleasant stench that some students told the Daily Graphic was also affecting sporting activities in the school.

“It is very difficult to play football or engage in any sporting activity when you have to compete for space with human excreta on the field,” they said.

The students contended that there had been occasions when some residents of the area had scaled the wall and eased themselves on the compound in broad daylight, adding that “attempts to chase them away sometimes creates a rift between them and us”.

When contacted, the Headmistress of the school, Mrs Lady Queene Asiedu, said the matter had been reported to the Adenta Police, adding that she was optimistic that it would be dealt with.

The President of the WASS Old Students Association (WASSOSA), Mr David Odoi, said the association would assist in clearing the dump.

He, however, appealed to the Adenta Municipal Assembly to help the school contain the situation and find a lasting solution to the problem.

Meanwhile, all efforts to get the Adenta Municipal Chief Executive to speak on the issue yielded no fruits.

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