The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has been urged to help sensitise Ghanaians on the need to segregate waste and ensure that their environs are always clean.
According to Minister of State, for the Ministry of works and housing, Ghana, Hon. Freda Akosua Prempeh, the NCCE is a very important tool that can support the making Ghana clean agenda.
Speaking to the media after a working visit by a joint Parliamentary Select Committees—Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD), Works and Housing, and Environment, Science and Technology Committee and Finance— to the Damongo Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant (IRECoP) in the West Gonja District of the Savannah Region on Thursday, April 29, 2021, Hon. Freda Prempeh, a member on the LGRD Committee strongly made the case that the NCCE can expand their scope to educate Ghanaians on especially waste segregation and other sanitation issues.
It is true NCCE is saddled with funds. However, that should not make them sit back. They have a role to play in the sanitation space by educating all of us on waste segregation and the need to always keep our environs clean,” she advocated.
According to her, it was imperative that “we imbibe waste segregation in our homes, schools, officers and our environs.”
Such a move, she said, aside from keeping our environs clean, will also facilitate the work of the IRECoPs being constructed across the 16 regions of the country.
Hon. Prempeh described the Damongo IRECoP being constructed by waste management expert, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, in collaboration with the government as a “very important project.”
As a new and developing region, the RCC, local Assemblies and Zoomlion must do more in the area of waste segregation,” she noted.
She was happy that after the completion, the plant will provide jobs to about 500 persons. The 400-ton daily facility, which is about 50% complete, will treat both solid and liquid waste as well as medical waste in the region.
Against this backdrop, she called on Ghanaians to embrace and accept the sanitation levy, adding that “it will help a lot in the management of waste in the country.”
We should all accept the Sanitation Levy because when approved by Parliament, it will help us to manage waste in this country,” she said.
Furthermore, Hon. Prempeh was happy that the waste segregation campaign when well implemented will help prevent choked gutters and drains.