Chief Executive Officer of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, has called on government to pay more attention to waste management and treat waste as a natural resource to boost the country’s economy.
Speaking at the launch of an Environmental Care Campaign organised by the Church of Pentecost in partnership with Zoomlion, Dr. Siaw Agyepong said it is only when government and citizens view waste as a resource to the country, like oil and gold, and invest in it accordingly that the sector will thrive and be beneficial to the country.
“In Ghana we have so many resources: like gold, diamond, oil, cocoa and others. Today, God is telling us to add waste as one of the natural resources. And so, I humbly want to plead that government should add waste as one of the natural resources.
“Waste has a value that we have to look at, and if you look at it in that sense then you will take care of it and campaigns such as this will be beneficial. Waste is cash and a resource,” he stated.
“When you compare waste with oil and gold, you will see that you need so much money to extract and process gold and oil – which have a limited number of years to expire – whereas with waste you need less resources, and waste will never get exhausted in this world.
“Some countries such as Rwanda, Mauritius, Singapore and others focus on waste as natural resource, and it has changed their fortunes,” he added.
He further urged government to implement and enforce all the laws regarding waste in the country, and appealed to citizens to observe these laws.
The ‘Environmental Care Campaign’
The Environmental Care Campaign is aimed at protecting the environment and curbing sanitation-related issues in the country.
Addressing guests at the launch, Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Aps. Eric Nyamekye said: “The campaign is one of the many church-state partnerships captured in the church’s vision for the next five years, dubbed ‘Vision 2023’. The church, in the next five years, intends to do more than only partnering government in its sustainable development agenda; and to support the president’s passion of making Ghana clean, and Accra the cleanest city by 2020.
“As a church, we have made it a policy each year to identify and publicise an issue of national concern with the view to playing our prophetic role to help achieve social order for sustained national development.”
Themed ‘Environmental Care, My Responsibility’, the campaign is scheduled to be rolled-out in four categories: education, clean-up exercises, community-based initiatives, tree-planting exercises and other activities.
Partnership with Zoomlion
As a partner of the campaign, Zoomlion Ghana Limited will be providing personnel and equipment during the clean-up exercises across the nation. To kick-start the campaign, the company presented 500 wastebins to the church at the launch, and has agreed to place some litter-bins at strategic places.
“I take this opportunity to express the church’s appreciation to the CEO of Zoomlion Ghana for committing to this noble intervention,” Aps. Eric Nyamekye said, while calling on government to support the campaign by directing government institutions concerned with environmental management to come on board.
Also present at the event were the Sanitation and Water Resources Minister, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, and Mohammed Adjei Sowah, CEO of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, who both pledged their support to the cause.