The Metropolitan Chief Executive of Accra, Mohammed Nii Adjei-Sowah, says a complete ban on plastics in Ghana would be impossible.
However, he said AMA would rather push for the manufacture and use of biodegradable plastics as there’s no place in the world where a complete ban on plastics be instituted.
He, however, served warning to Ghanaians who are in the habit of littering indiscriminately that they would be arrested if they are spotted by the AMA’s guards, as some 120 people already have.
He told the press that his outfit intends to scale up the deployment of litter bins to cover the whole of Accra.
He made these comments on the sidelines of the European Union’s Circular Economy Business Opportunities Seminar, held in Accra yesterday.
The Head of the European Union Delegation to Ghana, Ambassador Diana Acconcia, described the seminar as an opportunity for the EU and the Government of Ghana to interact and brainstorm to find sustainable opportunities in the circular economy and green business economy, and kick start the conversation around finding green solutions to the myriad of problems facing the country.
She said, “This seminar is going be the beginning of a conversation of how we are going to factor in the environment and the climate into future co-operations between the EU and Ghana. The EU is going to mainstream climate change and the environment in this co-operation partnership and political engagements, not least by ensuring that at least 75% of our development assistance has a private component.”
Deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Patricia Appiagyei said, “Ghana’s drive towards pursuing a circular economy hinges on the principle to eradicate poverty while enhancing social inclusion, improving human welfare and creating opportunity for employment and decent welfare for all.”
However, a significant part of Ghana’s economy is dependent on climate-sensitive sectors like agriculture, fisheries, industry, tourism and forestry.
She described as “evident”, the government’s co-ordinated programme of economic and social policies to shift its national development onto a sustainable path.
She said, “Ghana’s strategy is to adopt development choices that promise to deliver growth profits, people-centred and climate-proven outcomes.”
Source: The Finder