The place used to be filled with flies, scavengers and mountain-like refuse dumps before the commencement of the project.
Mrs Dapaah said the government, through the Sanitation Ministry, remained committed to ensuring good sanitation across the country, adding that cholera cases had drastically reduced in the last five years due to several initiatives introduced to improve sanitation nationwide.
She said the Ministry would continue to collaborate with other stakeholders to ensure that the vision of making Kumasi clean was realized.
Mrs Dapaah made the remarks during a working visit to the Oti Landfill Site in Kumasi to inspect the ongoing re-engineering works.
The project, which is expected to be completed in December 2022, will see the decommissioning of the landfill and subsequent re-engineering with the needed landscape to enable it to be used for recreational and other purposes.
Currently, the decommissioning is in progress as some capping had been done after which composite layers would be laid and followed by the re-engineering.
The project, which is being funded by the Central Government, is executed by Ghana’s leading waste management company, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, with EAP Consult as the consultant.
The Minister led a pre-tree planting of about 30 trees at the site and gave assurance that over 5,000 trees of different species would be planted at the site after the decommission exercise to boost the government’s agenda for climate change.
She encouraged the contractor to work on schedule to enable the government to showcase the end product to the people of Kumasi and its environs.
Mr Kwadwo Osei, an engineer and representative for Zoomlion, said the reclamation exercise was to save the environment.
He indicated that after their technical evaluation, the gas was not sufficient for commercialisation, so they planned to break into smaller bids and flare it to avoid future explosions to save lives.
Mr Osei said the project would be completed and handed over by December, this year.