SACOST and Shape Attitude Ghana celebrate United Nation's World Environment Day

This year’s World Environment Day was celebrated under the theme, “Join the Race to Make the World a Better Place”on 6th June, 2016 at the Winneba Lorry Station.

The celebration is done annually to sensitize communities on the importance of creating and maintaining a clean environment. Mrs. Wilhelmina Tete-Mensah, Deputy Registrar, Academic Affairs chaired the function on behalf of the Registrar of UEW. In her acceptance speech, she noted that the world environment celebration has gone on since 1973. After which consistent efforts have been made by the United Nations to mark the day in the global north and south with environmental awareness creation activities and steps/measures put in place to address environmental concerns.

She applauded the organizers of the programme and encouraged them to continue with their good works. The Director of the Institute for educational research and innovative Studies, Prof. J. Anamuah – Mensah in his welcome address emphasized the importance of maintaining a clean, safe and healthy environment and advised the young ones at the program to spread the message to others. He also challenged everyone at the gathering to be ambassadors of keeping the environment clean, safe and healthy. He ended his speech with the statement that, “You can’t do it standing alone but together, we can make it.”

The Special Guest of Honour, Dr. Toni Aubyn in a remark noted that “the planet is all we have. We cannot live on another planet apart from earth. It sustains millions of human lives and everything that surrounds us.” He expatiated on how individuals mismanage the environment and the results of human actions creating the challenges the country is facing especially regarding filth and waste management. He remarked that “the resources are used 50% faster than the environment can bear and due to this, nature is angry with human actions.”

He further said that the way resources are extracted from the environment is very bad and that attitude towards the environment must change. The Senior Assistant Registrar, Institute of Educational Research and Innovation Studies, Dr. Francis Bluwey called on teachers to teach their pupils good hygiene and sanitation practices. He advised teachers and pupils to take up their roles both in school and in their various communities. In addition he appealed to benevolent institutions to provide toilet facilities to deprived schools to help address sanitation concerns in society. Mr. Peter Nana Akon representing Mr. Kwesi Owusu Sekyere, the Regional Director of Environmental Protection Agency in the Central Region said the benefits of maintaining a clean environment and healthy environment are immeasurable.

He urged the young ones to learn how to maintain their surroundings clean and cultivate the habit of re-using items in order to reduce the things disposed of in our communities. The Deputy Regional Manager of Zoomlion Ghana, educated the gathering on “Hazardous waste and its impact on our environment ” said hazardous type of waste were very dangerous to handle and therefore needs special treatment and disposal. Hazardous waste such as battery acid, used oils, industrial waste, and hospital waste are corrosive, reactive, toxic and highly flammable.

These wastes, he said can cause a lot of harm to us and our environment especially our water bodies. He encouraged the law enforcement agencies to ensure proper disposal of waste, closely monitor disposal of waste from Industrial setups and reward those who comply with these measures. The Director for ‘Shape Attitude Ghana’, Mr. Wonderful Ghartey urged all present to change their attitudes towards the environment and challenged them to be ambassadors of change in their communities. Some schools in the Municipality were given the Hon. Nii Ephraim Award for the best environment - friendly school. Winneba Senior High School won the first award for the most environment – friendly school followed by Methodist Junior High School.

A selected number of pupils from the schools in the Effutu Munipality attended the function: Presby JHS, SDA JHS, Zion JHS, Effutu Municipal JHS, Methodist JHS, Anglican JHS, University Practice JHS, Zion Girls’ SHS, Winneba Senior High School

Source: Media Relations Office