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"Create wealth from waste", Minister tells students
Environmental health students at the Korle-Bu School of Hygiene, in Accra, Ghana, received some wise words this week from Michael Yaw Gyato, deputy minister of sanitation & water resources.
The Minister told them to be creative in their thinking and find ways to take advantage of the country's waste to create wealth.
He said it was imperative that they develop their entrepreneurial skills and become involved in recycling and processing waste into energy and other renewable products, rather than relying on the Government for employment at the end of their 3-year diplomas in Environmental Health - although it is expected that many will be employed by the various district assemblies once they have finished their course.
The Minister also visited the Old Weija and Mpoase Dansoman landfill sites to assess city waste clearing operations, following the department's announcement last week that the about GH2.5mn (almost £0.5mn) had been spent on clearing waste from illegal dumps around the capital. Some of the money has been spent on constructing 15 mini waste transfer stations, which will serve as a stop-gap prior to waste being cleared to major waste transfer stations in Achimota and Kpone.
He said that the Ministry was committed to stopping the illegal dumping of refuse and called on locals to stop the indiscriminate creation of these illegal sites - especially around the city's marketplaces, since it was creating sanitation problems and environmental hazards and causing flooding whenever it rains.
12th October 2017