5-day workshop on solid waste management begins in Accra

Mr. Boateng Adjei (third left), Mohammed Adjei Sowah (sixth right) with the participants.Photo.Victor Buxton

Mr. Boateng Adjei (third left), Mohammed Adjei Sowah (sixth right) with the participants.Photo.Victor Buxton

A-five day capacity development workshop on the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) opened in Accra yesterday, with a call on local authorities to carefully examine technological solutions implemented elsewhere to improve the current state of solid waste management in the country.

The workshop dubbed: “Implementation of Transformative Projects and Community Managed Interventions is being organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) in collaboration with the United Nations (UN) Habitat.

It aims at strengthening global partnerships and policy dialogue for participatory slum upgrading and prevention as well as improving knowledge and capacities for participatory slum upgrading and prevention and slum dwellers living conditions.

Opening the workshop in Accra on Tuesday, the Deputy Minister for MLGRD, Mr Kwasi Boateng Adjei said the decision to host the workshop in Ghana underscored the importance of UN-Habitat’s strong recognition of Ghana for the successful implementation of the Slum Upgrading Programme.

He said Ghana had relentlessly submitted on all platforms that urbanisation was irreversible and inevitable, stressing that “Over the past two decades, the urban population in Ghana has grown from 32 per to 52 per cent; a very rapid rise, in the spate of 20 years.”

Mr Adjei said as a result of this, a decision had been taken to recognise the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as social contracts with the people.

He said government was committed to making the lives and settlements of the people more safe, resilient, inclusive and sustainable without leaving anyone behind.

“These are guided by the tenets of the New Urban Agenda which seeks to achieve and sustainable urban development for social inclusion and ending poverty, sustainable and inclusive urban prosperity and opportunities for all and environmentally sustainable and resilient urban development,” he explained.

The deputy minister noted that Ghana intended to leverage on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 11 to bring synergies to delivering on the other SDGs that sought to address hunger, poverty, education, health, gender mainstreaming, local economic development, job creation, sanitation and infrastructure delivery.

He said the UN-Habitat as part of efforts to improve the living conditions of the urban poor and contribute to Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7 and now SDG 11 supported Ghana among other 32 countries to implement the PSUP.

Mr Adjei said since 2008, the Ghana Programme had initiated a lot of activities under the supervision of Ga Mashie Development Agency (GAMADA) and had brought significant transformation in the communities.

On her part the Coordinator for Housing and Slum Upgrading of the UN-Habitat Kestin Sommer,  said the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States members joined the course with the aim addressing the challenges of slums.

This according to her was to help improve living standards of the urban poor through the adoption of integrated strategies and systematic change fronted by the participatory slum upgrading (PSUP).

She explained that policy for urban strategic planning and inclusive urbanisation has been initiated to sustain the improvement of slum dwellers living conditions, adding that “the PSUP has facilitated dialogue at local, national and regional levels and this was necessary for mindset change.”

Madam Sommer commended the co-financing support of the project by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly as well as the MLGRD.

By Cliff Ekuful & Evangel Kelvin Ainoo

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