Diamond Cement, Ghana, no pollution problem

Diamond Cement, Ghana, no pollution problem
Published: 28 January 2005

The Volta Regional Parliamentary Caucus has discounted media reports that the operations of Diamond Cement Ghana Limited (DCGL), was polluting the environment and endangering the lives of the people living around the factory.  A 14 member delegation led by Mr Dan Abodakpi, Member of Parliament (MP) for Keta, who undertook a verification tour in the absence of a substantive Parliamentary Select Committee on Environment, said there was no cause for alarm.

Mr Abodakpi said there was a general perception among the people that dust emissions from the factory could expose them to diseases and suggested the need for remedial measures. He also said although the country would continue to create congenial atmosphere for foreign investments, it would not renege on the observance of safe environmental standards.

 Mr Abodakpi said the Company had reached an agreement with the communities to create a 50-metre green belt around the factory to check environmental pollution.He said as part of its social responsibility the company had extended water to Duta, Fiokope, Dzatakope, Ziome and constructed a two-storey classroom block valued at 500 million cedis for the Denu community.