As part of efforts to intensify advocacy on effective management of electrical and electronic waste in Ghana, Caritas Ghana has organised an Advocacy Training Workshop for Faith –based Organisations in Accra.
The Two- day training is part of their project dubbed “Care for our Home, Our common Home” which was inspired by Pope Francis and funded by the French Government.
Participants included representatives from Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), Ghana Catholic Bishop Conference, Federation of Muslim Women Associations of Ghana, Office of the National Chief Imam and the Ahmadyya Mission.
Addressing Participants at the workshop, the Executive Secretary of Caritas Ghana. Mr. Samuel Zan Akologo said they aim to enhance advocacy work on the appropriate management of electrical and electronic waste in Ghana and the implementation of Act 917 and Legislative Instrument (LI) 2250.
“The overall objective of the comprehensive project is to improve conditions for the sustainable management and disposal of electronic waste in the country,” he said.
This, the Executive Secretary noted is expected to strengthen the capacity of scrap dealers to ply their trade in an environmentally safe manner to reduce risks to human health and also to provide them with healthcare services at Agbogbloshie in Accra.
Touching on the Hazardous and Electronic Waste Control and Management Act, Act 917 (2016), he pointed out that Government has passed the Law and it is critical to ensure the successful implementation of this new Law.
“First is the designation of the external service provider, i.e. SGS to verify, assess and collect the Advance Recycle Eco Fee on all electrical and electronic equipment under the Fifth Schedule of Act 917, and the establishment of a state-of-the-art recycling facility to be constructed at Agbogbloshie in fulfilment of section 31 of Act 917.These are very great initiatives to address the core problem therefore we will ensure it is accordingly implemented,”Mr. Akologo said.
The Eco Levy Management Fund, he indicated would offer incentives for collection, transportation and disposal of e- waste as well as promote public education on safe disposal of electrical and electronic waste among others. Mr Akologo urged stakeholders to advocate for the proper management for the Eco Levy.
Speaking on behalf of the French Embassy, Mr. Alexandre Foulon, Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs commended Caritas Ghana for such a great initiative to strengthen advocacy for safe disposal of electrical and electronic waste.
He mentioned that, the initiative was a laudable one that is why out of the 147 organisations that sought for sponsorship, Caritas was part of the six organisations which were selected.
“This will provide business opportunities and address the rate of youth unemployment in the country,” he said.
According to him, the activity is very hazardous and all stakeholders must get involved to curb the menace and intensify public education.
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS