The equipment, which was launched by the Green Advocacy Ghana (GAG), with support from Pure Earth Blacksmith Institute, a United States-based non-profit organisation, is expected to help eliminate the burning of electronic cables at the Agbogbloshie market.
Mr. Yaw Amoyaw-Osei, the Executive Director of GAG, said the burning of plastic produces toxic gases like dioxin, which causes cancer when emitted into the human body.
He said “ GAG has already installed similar machines for scrap dealers to use to strip huge cables, but this new machine will take care of small cables.”
Mr. Amoyaw-Osei said the introduction of the wire stripping machine formed part of the first phase of a project to stop the burning of electronic cables, “the second phase of the project, which will be rolled out soon will train the scrap dealers to handle the stripper machine and educate them on the need to protect themselves through the use of personal protective gears.”
Mr. Amoyaw-Osei observed that managing electronic waste and rubber was the surest way to promote environmental safety.
He stated that the GAG would set up a free health centre for members of the scrap dealers association, adding that the association donated hand gloves, nose mask, first aid box, hand mask and sanitisers worth Gh¢15,000 to the scrap dealers enhance their personal hygiene and safety.
Mr. Abdullai Abdul-Rahman, Chairman of the Greater Accra Scrap Dealers Association lauded GAG for the initiative and urged members to embrace the new change to minimise the occupational hazards confronting them as an association.
“We know this will go a long way to positively affect us because creating a friendly environment and working conditions will affect our health positively,” he said.
By Linda Naa Dedei Aryeetey and Alimatu Quaye