Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in collaboration with ZOOMLION and Ashiedu Keteke Sub Metro together with the Chiefs and Elders organized a durbar at the Jamestown to sensitize the people about the dangers of plastics bottles and sachet rubbers on marine life.
Dr. Kwadwo Ansong Asante the Principal Research Scientist CSIR – Water Research Institute presented the purpose of gathering, which emphasized the collection of plastics bottles and sachet rubbers at the beaches under the UNESCO project – Clean Oceans: Protecting Marine Life. He explained that this is the second time similar advocacy is being done.
The areas selected are LA, Teshie, and Jamestown. The program will last for three months to promote improvement in marine life.
The following awareness was highlighted:
-The income decline in the fishing trade as a result of fishermen catching plastics bottles and rubbers rather than fish.
-The use of rivers and lagoons to develop water transport to promote tourism.
-Dr. Asmah Director of CSIR also hinted at the health dangers associated with the consumption of rubber infected fishes which is unhealthy due to the possibilities of attracting sicknesses and diseases.
-She further added that many fishes die as a result of getting choked by such rubbers in their gills during feeding..
-She explained that the quality of fish we consume has a direct consequence on our health.
ZOOMLION’s Regional Director, Mr. Morgan Acquah delivered education on waste collection and emphasized segregation of waste at source to be an effective way to harvest plastics bottles and sachet rubbers which is very paramount for industrial materials to make products such Dustbins to improve environmental impact on waste.
He further said ZOOMLION will purchase all plastics bottles and sachet rubbers collected to foster income for the people.
Asiedu Keteke Sub Metro Chairman Honorable Raymond Otu Annan also hinted at the importance of cleanliness among the working folks at the beaches to create a proper and hygienic environment to attract customers to businesses.
He further said the implementation of bye-laws to sanction people who fail to abide by proper sanitation and environmental practices will be dealt with.
Mr. Peter Asiedu, Director of Operations of Nurture Nature Foundation an NGO which is poised for ensuring clean beaches by the Sanitation Volunteers Corps at Jamestown pleaded for a development partnership to drive the vision of total cleanliness at the Jamestown Beach through the daily waste collection reinforcement by the Sanitation Volunteers Corps.
The Assembly Member of Kinga Electoral Area, Honorable Carlos Mankattah delivered a presentation on Operation Clean Your Frontage which is aimed at instilling the discipline of a clean working environment at all business centers and offenders will be Sanctioned.
He further applauded the good initiative of Nurture Nature Foundation in ensuring total cleanliness at Jamestown beach and appealed for financial support from stakeholders in sanitation and environmental promotions to come to the aid of NNF to make their vision for Cleaning Oceans and Protecting Marine Life achieved.
The Director of CSIR Dr. Asmah assisted by Dr. Kwadwo Ansong Asante donated the listed items below to NNF to facilitate the collections of plastics bottles and sachet rubbers at Jamestown Beach.
10 WELLINGTON BOOTS
10 Hand gloves
10 Picking Pegs
The donation was received by Honorable Raymond Otu Annan on behalf of NNF.
The vision of NNF is warfare against poor sanitation by daily reinforcement activities of Sanitation Volunteers Corps at the Jamestown Beach and periodic sensitization and education of the people to encourage positive behavioral change to improve proper waste disposal aimed to promote environmental cleanliness and Protecting Marine Life.
# UNESCO Project – Clean Ocean: Protecting Marine Life
# NNF Project- Total Cleanliness at Jamestown Beach
# NNF Project – Development Partnership
# UNSDG 6 – CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
# UNSDG 14 – LİFE BELOW WATER
# UNSDG 15 – LİFE ON LAND
# UNSDG 3 – GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
# UNSDG 17 – PARTNERSHİPS FOR THE GOALS