In a remarkable display of international cooperation, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has joined hands with the European Union, Spain, and the City of Priar in Cape Verde to launch the “Keep Kumasi Clean; Let’s Recycle” Project.
The ambitious initiative is a testament to the commitment of these partners in addressing the growing challenge of waste management and environmental sustainability in the Kumasi Metropolitan area.
The primary objective of this project, as highlighted by KMA Mayor Hon. Samuel Pyne, is to tackle the pervasive issue of waste accumulation in key areas of Kumasi, notably Adum, which serves as the Central Business Capital of the city.
Hon. Sam Pyne astutely pointed out that “trash is now money,” urging every resident of the metropolis to seize this opportunity and collaborate to make the project a resounding success.
To ensure compliance and effectiveness, Hon. Pyne also emphasized that there will be laws in place to penalize those who do not adhere to the project’s guidelines.
This underlines the seriousness with which the local authorities are approaching this endeavor.
The Head of the European Union which is the funder delegation to Ghana and Head of Cooperation, Mr. Massimo Mina, shed light on the broader objectives of their support.
“Apart from waste management, the project’s aim is to generate employment opportunities, contributing to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.
Mr. Mina assured that the EU’s support for KMA in waste management will remain steadfast.
To kickstart the project, the partners have provided KMA with 8 Compactor Trucks and over 1000 Waste Containers.
These essential resources will be invaluable in ensuring that the initiative gets off to a robust start.
The collaborative nature of this project is further underscored by the presence of key individuals from the various delegations, including Mr. Victor Constatino, Coordinator of Sanitation – City of Priar – Cape Verde, H.E. Paqui Momparler, President of MANRA and Head of Spanish delegation, Mrs. Charlotte Akwaah-Adjei, Program Manager from the Local Government Ministry, all working under the guidance of Chairman Nana Ampofo Kyei Baffuor, Asemhene.
The “Keep Kumasi Clean; Let’s Recycle” Project is not just about removing waste; it’s a sustainable initiative that holds the potential to transform Kumasi into a cleaner, greener, and more prosperous city.
With the support of the European Union, Spain, and the City of Priar, the citizens of Kumasi are taking a significant step towards a brighter and cleaner future.
Nana Yaw Owusu/Ashanti Region.