The National Executive Committee(NEC) Members of the Environmental Service Providers Association(ESPA) on Wednesday the 17th of October 2018 paid a courtesy call to the newly appointed Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs. Cecelia Abena Dapaah.
The ESPA delegation was led by the President Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyapong and the Executive Secretary of ESPA, Ama Ofori-Antwi.
The Minister thanked ESPA for finding time to make it to the meeting.
She stated that the Ministry was doing everything to ensure that waste is effectively collected and recycled in accordance to international standards for the safety of Ghanaians as well as the environment. She went on to say that in order to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa by 2020 as declared by the President of the Republic of Ghana, citizens must cultivate the habit of keeping our surroundings and environment clean by properly disposing our garbage. She added that service providers must execute their mandates with excellence. She further disclosed that mechanisms are being developed to monitor and sanction non performing service providers.
The Minister encouraged ESPA to be committed to their core duties in cleaning Accra and other parts of the country and not allow any challenge to keep them from delivering their mandate.
The Minister also urged service providers to employ innovative technology to manage and recover resources from the waste through recycling. In her remarks she said ’The focus is to use waste to create wealth through the creation of waste recycling facilities, Waste is Wealth’’. She again made mention that the Ministry is putting in place programs, modalities and initiatives to ensure that waste is properly managed and ESPA would be enrolled on these initiatives at the appropriate time.
REMARKS FROM ESPA
After her opening remarks, the President of the ESPA Mr. Joseph Siaw Agyapong thanked the Minister on behalf of ESPA.
He stated that the ESPA considers it as a privilege thus willing to work with the Ministry and all stakeholders to provide efficient service to get rid of the filth in our towns and cities . He continued by assuring the Minister of the continuous support of the ESPA to ensuring that Ghanaians live in filth free environment .
The ESPA President,Dr. Agyepong went on to highlight some challenges faced by service providers, which includes; inadequate logistics and equipment , financial inadequacies and non-payments by clients etc . He added that these setbacks negatively affects the performance of service providers.
However the ESPA President reiterated that the ESPA is ready to partner and collaborate with the Ministry on the aforementioned programs and initiatives disclosed by the Minister to ensure that sanitation is properly managed in Ghana. He again assured her that the ESPA is always available to help her Ministry to achieve its stated goals and to make the Accra the cleanest city.
Attendance at the meeting from the Ministry of Sanitation and water Resources includes; the two deputies of the Ministry, Acting Chief Director- Mr. Obeng Opoku, as well as the Director for waste management Mr. Anthony Mensah.