Ghana has the capacity to convert waste into energy and even export it to other countries to be used to generate energy, Joseph Kofi Adda, Minister-designate for Sanitation and Water Resources has opined.
He said the two projects which would be piloted after assuming office, would be the main drive to solving the sanitation challenges in the country.
Mr. Adda said this when he appeared before the appointment Committee of Parliament yesterday to be vetted for his ministerial position.
He said many countries which embark on conversion of waste into energy not only end up solving their waste problem, but many have ran out of the raw material (the waste) and were looking elsewhere for waste to generate their electricity.
Mr. Adda said a careful analysis of such an initiative could be the only solution to help address the ever-increasing menace of sanitation threat that had engulfed the entire country.
He said the President vision in creating the new ministry carved out of Housing and Rural and Local Development with a cabinet status was meant to solve the waste and water problem as soon as practicable under the tenure of the government.
Mr. Adda said it was in this direction that the ministry would focus on using the waste to create energy such that all waste heaps around the country would disappear forever.
He said already make stakeholders in that industry have approached him with their plans to generate waste with energy to produce between one and two megawatts of power into the system.
Mr. Adda said his ministry iS the sector which is supposed to bring into fruition the campaign promise of “one district, one dam” projects, therefore, both the Irrigation Authority and Hydrology Department would work directly under the Ministry to achieve that objective.
He said under the NPP manifesto of “Water for All” the government intended drilling about 25,000 bore holes and an additional 300 mechanised ones in communities across the country to improve access to water.
Mr. Adda said, the government intends to bring water service delivery at the doorstep of the people and was looking for the funding to implement the projects.
He assured the Committee that, the Ministry would work hard to improve Ghana’s position of 76 per cent of water accessibility in rural and urban areas to 100 per cent before the United Nation deadline in 2025.
By Lawrence Markwei