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Perennial flooding: Government lacks political will to ban plastics, says expert

Perennial flooding: Government lacks political will to ban plastics, says expert

Issaka Amon Kotei, a local governance expert has said the current and successive governments lack the political will to ban the use of plastics in Ghana, which is contributing to the perennial flood situation in the country.

Over the weekend, parts of the capital, Accra got flooded making it difficult for motorists to access some principal streets after over 12 hours of downpour from Saturday to Sunday.

The situation resulted in heavy gridlock in most parts of the capital Saturday evening leaving commuters stranded at lorry parks and bus stops.

Talking to Kwaku Nhyira-Addo on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Monday (23 May), Kotei said: “Our next door country call Abidjan, no one uses sachet in Abidjan, there is nothing like sachet in Abidjan.”

“They produce the sachet material and come and sell it to us here, because somebody will tell you it will cut off employment.”

He added: “I don’t know but the central government , I don’t want to be hard on them, but they don’t have the political will to tackle any situation, it is only situations that will give them vote.”

Government not going to ban plastics

Dr Kwaku Afriyie, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation has said the government does not have any immediate plan to ban the use of plastics in the country.

He said the government will promote other reusable materials which are not “too harsh” on the environment.

Speaking at the Minister’s Press Briefing in Accra on Wednesday (4 May) the minister said “… As I speak we are not going to ban plastics. We are going to reduce them. We are going to extend their life [span]. When you’re talking about recycling, actually, it’s like an extended use and then end of use we can turn them into other ways.”

“So we have a model even about the plastics. Then, of course, we’ll promote other reusable materials which are not too … harsh on our environment.”

He added, “… if you’re doing plastic recycling, the conventional wisdom is that you take the plastic that has been dumped and remoulds them, no, you need may of 30% of virgin plastics to prime them so that they can have that kind of rigidity. So we are not going to ban plastics importation…”

Watch the press briefing below:

 

 

Source: Fred Dzakpata

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