Government expected to create 20,000 direct jobs with the establishment of an integrated e-waste recycling facility at Agbogbloshie ,a suburb of Ghana’s capital ,Accra....
Government expected to create 20,000 direct jobs with the establishment of an integrated e-waste recycling facility at Agbogbloshie ,a suburb of Ghana’s capital ,Accra.
Finance Minister ,Ken Ofori Atta, presenting the 2019 budget statement in Parliament on Thursday said “the Integrated e-waste Management program has been launched and will, among other things, ensure the management of E-waste in an environmental sound manner and turn the challenges of e-waste management in Ghana into green business opportunities”.
He added that ,”the program will lead to the creation of over 20,000 direct jobs
through the establishment of a national e-waste recycling facility, associated holding centres in each regional capital and collection centres in each of the 216 districts”.
With an estimated 40 to 50 million tons of e-waste generated annually, and with Ghana serving as the ‘dumping site’ for e-waste.
Used electronic and electrical equipment imported into the country continues to be the major source of electronic waste, as many have not been tested for functionality, and in contravention of regional and international laws, such as the Bamako Convention, the Basel Convention, and EU e-waste shipment regulations.
President of Ghana,Akufo Addo during the launching of the Integrated e-waste program August 28,2018 in Accra noted that e-waste is a major global problem, and one of the top environmental challenges of the 21st century pledging government commitment to deal with the canker in the country.
The Finance Minister on Thursday stated that “Ghana cannot be left behind to become the dumping site for environmentally harmful products. We must be bold in developing policies that embrace these technological shifts”.
He mentioned that ,plastic waste continues to be a major challenge in
the area of sanitation therefore to address this, the Ministry of
Environment, Science Technology and Innovation (MESTI) is in the process of finalizing a new National Plastic Waste Policy, which will focus on strategies to promote reduction, reuse and
recycling. He urge industrial sector to work with government to come
up with alternative eco-friendly products from natural resources.