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Ghana: Development thrives on Responsible Environmental ManagementFriday, June 10, 2016 > 09:59:21
(Government of Ghana)
President John Dramani Mahama has pledged Government’s commitment to addressing climate change, creating the enabling business environment, supporting rapid and viable small, medium and large-scale manufacturing industries, and diversifying the economy for sustainable development.
Making the pledge in an address delivered on his behalf at the inauguration of a Waste Water Recycling Plant at Nestle Ghana’s Factory in Tema on Monday, President Mahama cited the Government policy of providing a friendly investment climate as a demonstration of that commitment.
He said the policy offered growth to small, medium and large-scale industries in Ghana and served as a catalyst for manufacturing entities in Ghana to increase their production while conserving the country’s natural resources.
The President underscored the importance of responsible environmental management in socio-economic development and urged all stakeholders to assess their efforts in the management of the country’s environment and its resources, and formulate the measures necessary to safeguard the survival of Ghana’s economy now and in the future.
He lauded Nestle for its efforts to improve the quality of the waste water the factory discharged into the environment as well as for other important steps it had taken to provide an enabling environment for business to flourish in Ghana.
The President cited the sitting in Ghana of the Head Office of the Central and West Africa region as well as the Nestle Business Services as evidence of the giant strides Nestle Ghana was making in Ghana and urged other manufacturing companies in the country to emulate the example of Nestle Ghana in the conservation of energy and prudent water use.
In an address, the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Mahama Ayariga, noted that without a healthy, green-sustained environment, the ecosystem could not function.
Hon. Mahama cited improper waste disposal as one of the practices that degraded to the environment and urged industries to make conscious efforts to adapt proper methods of waste disposal.
He commended Nestle Ghana for the initiative to contribute towards the protection of the environment by investing in a Waste Water Treatment Plant for their factory at Tema.
In a statement, Mrs Freda Duplan, Managing Director, Nestle Ghana, noted that a healthy business performance depended upon a healthy population and a healthy economy.
Mrs Duplan said the establishment of a Water Recycling Plant was a demonstration of Nestle Ghana’s commitment to employing best practices in environmental management, adding that water and sanitation were inextricably linked to health, food security climate change, resiliency to disasters and ecosystems, among others.
The Chief of Tema and Chairman for the occasion, Nii Adjei Kraku, reiterated the call on stakeholders to redouble their efforts to find solutions to environmental degradation.
The Waste Water Treatment Plant was built in 2010 in an effort to ensure that waste discharged was environmentally-friendly. With the addition of a new recycling plant —CHF 1.5 million Ultra Filtration-Reserve system— the quality of waste water is expected to improve considerably. The new plant will also reuse 30 per cent of waste water for non-core activities and reduce total factory water consumption by 10 per cent.
The inauguration of the Plant formed part activities marking the commemoration of WED 2016.
WED, also called Eco Day or Environment Day, is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and celebrated annually on June 5 to raise global awareness on the need to take positive environmental action to protect nature and planet Earth.
The Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 on the day that the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began and celebrated for the first time on June 5, 1974.
This year’s celebration, the 42nd in a series, was commemorated worldwide on the theme: ‘The Fight against Illegal Trade in Wildlife’. In Ghana, the Day was commemorated on the theme: ‘Join the Race to Green and Protect Wildlife’.
Activities marking the celebrations were organized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI).
In Ghana, Nestle works in close collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI).