Mr Mua said the council needs this land to fully implement the J-PRISM project funded under the Japanese International Cooperation Agency(JICA) to rehabilitate the Ranadi dump site.
Workers at the landfill revealed that selling of the piece of land involved certain councillors.
Mr Mua urges the government to prioritise and support council in this national project.
“If the government is serious about supporting council to address one of the country’s biggest problems of solid waste management, then it should not be selling these pieces of land to people,” Mr Mua said.
“This is the only available land in the city and selling and giving away these lands showed the ignorance of the government and those responsible in making the decision to approve it.
“The commissioner of lands must give the land back and support council in its effort to ensure there is enough land space to accommodate the entire city wastes,” Mr Mua said.
He said if the commissioner fails to give back this land, the rehabilitation work at the Ranadi dumpsite will be seriously affected.
The dumpsite will take less than ten years to be filled.
“But if this land is given back to council, it will take another 30 or more years before the site is full,” Mr Mua said.
“And it will be a shameful thing for the government not to practically show its support towards a national project.
“A project funded by donors which the government should at least show some support and not to give away the land just like that to developers who never care about the country and its people,” Mr Mua added.
Meanwhile, Mr Mua thanked the Japanese government for their support.
“Without this kind of support this city will be faced with a huge environmental and health problem from wastes.”
By Daniel Namosuia
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