The Chairman of National Commission for Civic Education, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah, has advised Ghanaians to practice waste segregation in their homes especially during this COVID-19.
She said it was imperative for Ghanaians to separate the waste at homes and at work places from the general waste in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
“We need a dynamically responsible waste management system that takes into account proper segregation of household and workplace waste, particularly due to the potential infectious nature of such waste,” she stressed.
The Chairman made these remarks during the Commission’s recent 5th Virtual Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Programme (ARAP) National Dialogue, on the theme: ‘Good Environmental Governance and the Coronavirus Pandemic’.
Ms. Nkrumah expressed worry about the poor handling of waste, particularly where it is alleged that in certain suburbs of Accra some people were seen collecting used masks and washing them for resale.
She was worried about the surge in the demand of plastics with the resultant issue of sustainable waste management including medical waste in these times and bemoaned the danger young children are exposed to as they play with indiscriminately disposed facemask and gloves in their communities.
The NCCE Chairman acknowledging the essential roles of plastics in daily lives including the production of disposal mask, PPEs, gloves and other essentials, stressed the need to ensure the minimisation of infections across the broad spectrum of activities of living and working”.
While calling for the adoption of a more sustainable environmental lifestyle and uphold the value of integrity, Ms. Nkrumah urged public institutions to forge public private partnerships to adequately respond to these challenges.