The German government in partnership with Ghana's Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) has commissioned three projects at Old Fadama located in the Agbogbloshie enclave in Accra to strengthen the capacity of scrap dealers.
The project which includes a technical training centre to equip scrap dealers with the knowledge and the skills to dismantle electronic waste in an environmentally friendly manner, health post and a football pitch is the first phase of a comprehensive electronic waste management project.
The Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Frimpong Boateng, who inaugurated the projects in Accra on Wednesday 27th March 2019, said the project was the operationalization of the e-waste management law which was passed by parliament in 2016.
He pointed out that scrap dealers are going to be taught how to dismantle e-waste materials without burning, separate plastics from cables without burning adding that, the second phase of the project would see the construction of an e-waste holding centre.
According to him, the aim of the project was to strengthen small scale recyclers through capacity building on an individual and institutional level, as well as reduce the risks associated with the business by implementing best practices for collection and dismantling.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mohammed Adjei Sowah, in a remark said the project is the beginning of the transformation of Agbogbloshie from dump site into an environmentally friendly scrap park.
“It’s a privilege to have been associated with this wonderful program that is being commissioned today. Agbogbloshie is the hub of scrap dealings in Accra and we are aware that in the course of your work, they are a lot of environmental and health concerns that comes up and this facility has come at an opportune time to help deal with all those challenges,” he said.
Mayor Sowah however entreated all scrap dealers within the Agbogbloshie enclave to come into in the new yard which has been created for them and do their business in an environmentally friendly way.
“We want to process the scraps in an environmentally friendly way, that’s the essence so that nobody will get hurt or die whiles working. We’ve built a clinic, training centre and a football park. . We want to change the narrative of Agbogbloshie as well as gradually move to be the hub of e-waste.”
“We have made significant efforts in engaging you to bring all those who are moving out of this place to come back to this yard so that you can do your business in an environmentally friendly way. We will continue to engage you and seek your support but bear in mind that Ghana needs all of you”, he added.
The German Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Christoph Retzlaff on his part said the €25 million project hopes to develop Old Fadama into a place for e waste recycling in Ghana.
He said the project was expected to provide a model for an integrated e-waste management programme in Ghana.
The project was financed by the German government, through its Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).