Allot has been said about Powes Parkop’s stand against public betelnut sales. You can read some good fiery arguements from Ab Absurdo here. The pro’s and con’s and methods can all be argued but one thing that we cannot argue about is the cost of this whole betelnut mess.
Mr. Parkop laid out the monthly and annual figures today in the Post Courier. Hell, if money talks I’m certainly listening:
- K79,925 on cleaning our city markets. That’s K959,100 per year.
- K53,308.75 on cleaning settlement waste even though many do not pay garbage rates. That’s K627,705 per year.
- K26,640 on collecting school waste. That is a total of K319,680.00 per year.
- K85,458 on domestic waste collection. That’s K1,025,495 per year
- K16,650 on sanitary/septic waste collection in settlements and some parts of our city. That’s K199,800 per year
- K46,295.88 on commercial and industrial waste collection. That’s K555,550.56 per year
- K10,656 on collection of medical waste. That’s K127,872 per year
- K42,360 on operating Baruni Dump. That’s K508,320 per year
So red toothed City Slickers, our wonderfully generous NCDC spends more than K430,315.63 per month on cleaning our filth and collecting our waste. That’s an annual expenditure of over K4 million just on cleaning up all our crap.
As Parkop concluded,
“This money could be better spent on better things for our city and our people such as schools, clinics, street lights, upgrading and sealing roads, better parks and gardens, recreatiobal and sporting facilities, better markets, etc.
In the public places and markets, it is a never ending task. We clean them up in the morning and by the afternoon it goes back to square one or even minus square one…“
Now what I’d like to see are calculations as to what percentage of the overall rubbish is contributed to by betelnut consumption and sales in public places.