Scientists urged to support govt

Dr Esther Gyedu Akoto,National President,GSA,addressing the participants at the workshop. Photo; Seth Osabukle

Dr Esther Gyedu Akoto,National President,GSA,addressing the participants at the workshop. Photo; Seth Osabukle

A day’s workshop on the role of science and technology in efficient waste and sanitation management was held in Accra,  on Wednesday with a call on scientists to support government with environmental innovations to address waste management problems facing the country.

The 15th biennial workshop, themed “Efficient waste and sanitation management for sustainable development: the role of Science, Technology and Innovation”, and organised by the Ghana Science Association, brought together stakeholders from diverse background to deliberate on the application of science, technology and innovation to enhance national development.

In a speech read on his behalf, Mr. Collins Dauda, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, reiterated the relevance of science and technology in informing policy-making on the best approaches by which the country could sustainably manage the environmental sanitation situation.

To ensure a sustainable approach that protects the physical and social environment while creating economic benefits during this period of nationwide urbanisation, Mr. Dauda called on technocrats, scientists and policy makers to work together for the common goal.

With  a view to improving sanitation management in the country, the Minister noted that government revised the Environmental Sanitation Policy to focus on resource recovery and recycling as well as institutionalising the National Sanitation Day to change the attitude of the citizenry towards the environment.

Mr. Dauda commended the private sector partnering with government for the provision of infrastructure and service delivery which has contributed to improvement of environmental sanitation service delivery in the country.

He highlighted the economic benefits of good sanitation management and encouraged the participants to collaborate with government to explore new and better ways of re-using waste including turning organic waste into compost for energy generation and adopt a new mindset towards waste minimisation and resource re-use.

On his part, the Director General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr. Victor Kwame Agyeman, observed that efficient waste management was required to bring an end to the seasonal flooding and water-borne diseases in the country and called for a more sustainable waste management system which was scientifically and technologically feasible to meet current and projected demand.

He noted that it was time to upscale tested and piloted waste management technologies by scientific institutions in various societies to curb the unfortunate emerging trend.

Dr. Agyeman further called for strong policies to back the integration of science and technology in waste management to achieve the goals of sustainable waste management.

The National President of GSA, Dr. Esther Gyedu-Akoto, said the workshop sought to offer the platform for stakeholders to address issues, present reliable solutions and identify investment approaches in handling environmental sanitation.

“As scientists, we have to sensitise policy makers and stakeholders on environmental sanitation by identifying its causes, implications and provide realistic solution as a way of contributing to the sus

By Claude Nyarko Adams and Dinah Twumasi

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