Ghana, according to the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Climate, Science, and Technology, does not need to send a delegation anywhere for studies in order to solve the country’s sanitation problems.
Ghana, according to Dr. Emmanuel Marfo, has the skills and the men to ensure that the country is filth-free, but the expertise is not put to use.
A delegation from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and Africa Environmental Sanitation Consult (AFESC), a consulting and consultancy company of the Jospong Group of Companies, is currently in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, to review the country’s waste management system and good environmental and sanitation practices.
The aim of the visit is for the delegation to learn firsthand how those practices can be implemented by the AMA in order for Accra and Ghana to become the cleanest city and country in Africa in the near future.
The delegation is led by Mohammed Adjei Sowah, the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), and Dr Abena Asomaning Antwi, the Managing Director (MD) of AFESC.
Dr. Kofi Sekyere Boateng, an Environmental and Public Health consultant, Dr. Yahaya Yakubu, an Environmental Analyst, Ms. Jemima Lomotey, the Greater Accra Regional Economic Planning Officer, who is representing the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), and Mr. Victor Kotey, Deputy Director, Waste Management are among the others.
“I don’t know what new they are going to bring to Ghana,” Dr. Marfo said on Thursday, May 6 on Onua TV’s Maakye, hosted by Adwoa Konadu-Yiadom and Ohemaa Acheampomaa.
“In Ghana, we have waste management experts. We have the assemblies, and I don’t think they’re stumped. It is the Ghanaian people’s attitudes.”
“We should not dump refuse anywhere,” said the Member of Parliament for the Oforikrom Constituency in the Ashanti Region. People throw garbage wherever they want, and those who are going to prosecute them also take the money and leave.”
“Attitude is responsible for 90% of the problem, so studying it will inspire you. They will carry the proposal, but not the person who will put it into action.”
He clarified that although the trip is important, the experts are in Ghana to assist in the resolution of sanitation issues.
“I won’t claim it’s unimportant, but we have a large number of experts. They are available at universities. It’s just a matter of enforcing the law and finding people to work with. We can only hope that they can add something new to Ghana.”
Rwanda, according to Dr. Marfo, “is a country where the law works.” They are law-abiding citizens, and this is not a competition like Ghana’s. They have been to fighting, but we have not, and the laws are still in effect.”
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