The Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale, Most Rev. Philip Naameh has urged the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and other donor partners of Caritas Ghana to support in the nurturing plant saving machines with the aim of ridding the environment of all forms of plastic solutions and also by converting their trash to cash.
He said this during the long-awaited plastic pre-processing plant which was blessed and commissioned on Wednesday, April 7 2021, in Tamale.
The Tamale Plastic pre-processing plant is set to process and convert 1000 kilograms of plastic waste collected then preprocessed at the plant and sent to other factories for processing into finished products ready for the market.
According to the Chief Shepherd of Tamale Archdiocese, “These plants will address two important challenges confronting the country in general, Northern Ghana in particular” that is Sanitation and Youth unemployment resulting in rural-urban migration as well as address environmental challenges and create jobs, especially for young girls.
The project took off by the Archdiocese in collaboration with Caritas Ghana, a charity organization of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, as part of its “Care for our Common Home” campaign with support from the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) under its Sustainable Management and Disposal of E-waste in Ghana project.
Mr. Martin Ahorlu from the Waste Management Department of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly (TaMA) lauded the initiative saying “sanitation is a responsibility for all”, Tamale use to be the cleanest city and now the area is producing about 500 tonnes of waste a day so they welcome the initiative to help our outfit address the challenge. He added.
Mr Markus Spitzbart , Head of programs GIZ said their outfit is more than happy to make the project attractive to the youth in the area and to extend their work to the northern part of Ghana; and that the northern region is very particular for their program for it help reduce rural-urban migration of people from that part of the country to the south for non-existent jobs.
The MD for City Waste Mrs. Vivian Ahiayibor said their task was to train the workers to make good use of the machines, set the material and add value to the raw materials. For the project. She encouraged the assemble to introduce segregation of waste materials to obtain clean materials to put to production.
The first initiative under the “Care for our Common Home” campaign, which the Tamale Archdiocese implemented in partnership with Caritas Ghana, was the electronic waste collection centres in Tamale, which were commissioned in February 2020.
Juliette Manomey// Depsocom Accra