HORESD Project: Inauguration of Implementation Groups
The Territorial Management Group and Technical Working Group, a critical component of the implementation of the European Union’s (EU) 2.5 million Holistic Strengthening for Sustainable Development (HORESD), was inaugurated in Kumasi.
The two groups would spearhead the project to be implemented over 30 months to bolster the efforts of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to keep the city clean and green.
The composition of the 25-member technical working group includes people from all spectrums of departments, including planning, waste management, environmental health, physical planning, urban roads, finance, administration, l procurement, education, urban transport, social welfare, community development and media, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society.
The Territory Management Group comprises 21 members and entities including representatives from Manhyia Palace, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi Technical University (KsTU), Ghana Police Service , Ghana Armed Forces, Environmental Protection Agency and Christian Council. churches.
The others are the Shop Owners Association, the Adum Hawkers Association, the Ghana Private Road Transport Union, the judiciary and the business community who have the capacity to effect the needed paradigm shift in waste management. the metropolis of Kumasi.
The project aims to build and strengthen the capacity of the Assembly and its citizens to collectively practice healthy environmental activities that ensure the reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery of waste generated in the city.
Thus, it seeks to change the perception of citizens to see waste as materials in transition that can be exploited to create gainful employment for the many unemployed and sustainable income for households.
Joshua Nii Noye Tetteh-Nortey, the local project coordinator, giving an overview of the project, commended the EU for the huge interventions towards the successful implementation of the project.
Among which, he said, were the donation of seven compact trucks to manage waste for the project, as well as 800 containers for house-to-house waste collection.
“We also received 1,000 bins for the collection of dry and wet waste, which will be tested in the central business district of Adum,” he pointed out, and that once successful, they would be extended in the Greater Kumasi.
Also present at the inaugural ceremony were Samuel Pyne, the Metropolitan Director General of Kumasi, and Dr Helder BCJ Moreira, the international coordinator of the project, all of whom expressed their satisfaction with the progress made so far in the implementation of the project.
For his part, the Asafohene, Akyamfour Asafo Boakye Agyemang-Bonsu, has tasked the Territorial Directorate and the Technical Working Groups to help provide a database on waste management, which would help the Assembly to strengthen its methods of effective waste management in the metropolis.