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NDPC Calls for Ban on Plastic Bags to Improve Sanitation in Ghana

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The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) is urging policymakers in Ghana to implement a ban on the importation and use of plastic bags and containers in the country. The commission believes that this is the only way the country can make any headway in addressing its sanitation challenges.

According to the Director General for the NDPC, Dr. Kojo Esseim Mensah-Abrampa, countries such as Rwanda and Tanzania have seen marked improvements in sanitation after banning the use of plastics, and Ghana must follow suit. Speaking at a recent event, Dr. Mensah-Abrampa argued that if Ghana can find a way to enhance and place the embargo, it would change the morphology of its cities, make them more attractive, and bring in resources such as tourism.

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For the most part, plastic waste is a significant problem in Ghana. The country generates over one million tonnes of plastic waste annually, and only 2% of it is recycled. The rest ends up in landfill sites, oceans, and waterways, causing environmental damage and public health problems.

While the Ghanaian government has made some efforts to tackle the issue of plastic waste, such as the introduction of a levy on plastic bags, more needs to be done. The NDPC’s call for a ban on plastic bags and containers is a step in the right direction. It is a way to reduce the amount of plastic waste generated in the country and improve its overall sanitation.

In a nutshell, a ban on plastic bags and containers in Ghana is long overdue. The country needs to take bold steps to address its sanitation challenges and protect its environment. The NDPC’s call for a ban on plastic bags and containers is a good starting point, and policymakers must act on it. By doing so, Ghana can improve its image and attract more tourists, while also protecting the health of its citizens and the environment.

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