Date posted: 6th Sept 2011
A research group, the Energy Research Group of the Kumasi Polytechnic, has called for the immediate review of Ghana’s Environmental and Sanitation Policy (ESP 2010).
Although the policy was outdoored just last year, the group maintains that there is an urgent need of a review, because the current policy does not place adequate emphasis on the four ‘Rs’ which it explains as Reduction, Reuse, Recycling and Recovery in the management of waste in the country.
The research group is also of the view that the lack of clear targets in the policy does not allow framers of the policy or the government of Ghana to be held accountable and will thus make monitoring and evaluation of progress made in management of sanitation difficult.
Making a presentation on behalf of the group at the ongoing 3rd Ghana Water Forum in Accra on September 6, 2011, Ing. Edem Cudjoe Bensah, who spoke on the topic “GHANA’S REVISED ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION POLICY 2010: A REVIEW”, emphasised that “the national environmental and sanitation policy, NESSAP, does not have targets.”
According to him, the way forward would be for Ghana to, without delay, review the revised ESP 2010, reconsider the four ‘Rs’ concept and come up with concrete targets for short, medium, and long term in all seven focus areas.
By Edmund Smith-Asante