By Naa Lamiley Bentil, Dubai
The Environmental Service Providers Association (ESPA) received three awards at the just ended Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Waste Management and Recycling Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The President of ESPA, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, the Executive Secretary, Ms Ama Ofori-Antwi, and the ESPA Secretariat were awarded separately in recognition of their contributions toward waste management in Ghana.
Dr Agyepong’s award was received by Head of Waste Landfills, Mr Peter Dagadu, who participated in the conference.
The GCC Waste Management and Recycling Forum is an annual event which seeks to highlight innovations, challenges and opportunities for the waste management sector.
The conference brought together waste management experts, particularly, from the GCC including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Dubia, Egypt among others.
The Head of Business Development for Zoomlion Ghana Ltd, Mr Rovel Torres who made a presentation on behalf of Dr. Agyepong touted the achievements of Zoomlion, saying that the company had contributed immensely to waste management in Ghana, and other parts of Africa.
According to him, even though Zoomlion and other members of the ESPA had made remarkable improvement in Ghana’s environmental sanitation, a lot more remained to be done hence, the company’s continues search for partners in the execution of its services.
Ms Ama Ofori-Antwi receiveng one of the awards ESPA received during the forum.
According to one of the organisers, Dr Mohammed Aref, environmental protection had become an increasingly important item on the social and economic policy agenda for many countries including those in the Middle East.
“Waste management is one of the key problems of modern society due to the ever expanding volume and complexity of discarded domestic and industrial waste. Society is increasingly aware of the need to establish better practices and safer solutions for waste disposal”, he stated.
More scientific approach is needed to investigate disposal and recycling as well as new technologies to monitor landfills, industrial, mining wastes and chemical and nuclear repositories, Dr Aref stated.
He contended that these investigations created a need for research on current disposal methods such as landfills, incineration, chemical and effluent treatment, as well as recycling, clean technologies, waste monitoring, public and corporate awareness and general education.
Members of the delegation included the Executive Secretary of ESPA, Ms Ama Ofori- Antwi, the Head of Waste Landfills, Mr Peter Dagadu, and one of his officials, Mr Samuel Arhin. The Head of Business Development, Mr Rovel Torres, and the CEO of Liberty Waste, Nana Ama Adobea.