A guest researcher at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) office in Ghana, Heather Troutman, on Thursday urged the government to make strategic plans and mobilize the necessary resources to address the country’s waste challenges.
She said all across the country’s coastline is covered with plastic waste, a pollution which is not done by the fishing communities but by communities inhabiting the river banks.
According to her, the inhabitants, who are also challenged with insufficient waste management services, often use the rivers as a last resort.
Plastic use in Ghana has been bedeviled with several challenges, including the use of poor technology, inadequate governance, and negative attitude of people in the use and disposal of plastics.
Ghana’s once beautiful beaches have become a nasty sight with heaps of plastic wastes all over the place.
Troutman hailed President Akufo-Addo’s vision of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa in his first term and praised the great step taken in setting up the new Water Resources and Sanitation Ministry manned by motivated and highly passionate people.
“So, what we have to do now is all come together, be very smart, creative and honest with ourselves and say what does the situation look like now, what is the situation we want it to look like, and make a reasonable parley so that we can get there as fast as possible with the resources that we have,” she told Xinhua in an interview after overseeing an outreach program at the Fishing Harbor in Ghana’s Port City of Tema.
The exercise was organized by the UN Information Center in Accra to sensitize the fishing community and the public on the impact of human activities like plastic waste and refuse on the seas, livelihoods and health of people in support of the upcoming UN Ocean Conference in New York next week.
Troutman said Ghana was not alone in this fight hence the UN decision to hold the Ocean conference to discuss these issues and support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, sea and marine resources for sustainable development).
The Regional Director of Fisheries, John Scott Apawudza, called on the fisher folk to conserve every resource in the sea and use it sustainably. Enditem