Mr Kenneth Nana Amoateng, Chief Executive Officer, Abibimman Foundation, a sustainable development organisation, on Tuesday appealed to Ghanaians to use innovative means to turn the overwhelming rubbish and filth around them into life enhancing resources.
“We should not see the filth engulfing us as a misfortune which can never be reversed but rather as an opportunity to generate employment, biogas, organic farming and a whole range of environmentally sustainable activities,” he said.
Mr Amoateng, who was contributing to a forum organised by the Tema Metropolitan Assembly’s (TMA) Department of Community Development and the Abibimman Foundation to collate views as part of the 2014 planning process of the assembly, said the over-powering odour- laden public toilets and refuse dumps are veritable sources of biogas and other environmentally friendly resources.
Sixty participants, who were drawn from the various communities of the Metropolis, included m0arket women, used clothing dealers, mechanics, butchers, fishermen and fish mongers.
Their wishes included the provision of public toilets, proper disposal of waste, covered drains in Community One, efficient street lighting system, efficient public transport system, enforcement of TMA by-laws especially on sanitation and the expansion of the Tema Manhean main road to ease vehicular congestion.
Mr Amoateng called on all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies, to mainstream climate change and gender issues in their planning process in order to find answers to the environmental problems and the sad condition of the vulnerable in the society.
The TMA Planning officer, Mr Taylor Appiah, appealed to residents of the Metropolis to partner the Assembly to solve the area’s problems.
According to him, the Assembly has an open-door policy and would not hesitate to take on board the views of the willing and able in the development process.
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