Mr. Henry Asoma, Deputy Director of the Municipal Assembly of La Dade-Kotopon, called on environmental officials to use waste management capacity building programs to update their skills on new trends in the sector .
He said that with the evolving challenges in the sector, it was pertinent that attention be paid to ongoing best practices to aim to achieve a zero waste situation in the Greater Accra region.
Mr. Asoma was speaking at a workshop organized by Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO), in partnership with the Municipal Assembly of La Dade-Kotopon, SESA Recycling Limited and the Small Grants Program (SGP).
“As an assembly, our main mandate is to ensure the total development of the municipality, in particular sanitation and general health. Thus, training environmental officers is a way to equip them with what they need to know while performing their duties of protecting people in the community.
“There are many programs of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly to ensure a clean Accra and I think it aligns with that goal, especially with the ‘Operation Clean Your Facade’ programme,” he said.
He said the training will also equip environmental officers with knowledge on zero waste legalities and regulations to punish violators who litter in communities to achieve zero waste.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mrs. Betty Owusu, Project Coordinator at GAYO, said the training was part of the Zero Waste Accra project and the Sustainable Plastic Management project, which aims to build the capacity of environmental officers to undertake their tasks. effectively.
She said that environmental officers face challenges in carrying out their duties due to the need to refresh their
what was expected of them on the pitch.
“This program focuses on waste management and we seek to build the capacity of communities to collect waste effectively. This can be achieved through our Environmental Health Officers, who are mandated by law to undertake such tasks.
“In doing so, we are aiming for zero waste in our communities, in particular by limiting the waste that goes down our drains and preventing the flooding situation which has been an ongoing challenge in the country,” she said. .