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Ban on plastic bags will solve sanitation issues in Ghana- Australian Commissioner

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
Australian High Commissioner, Andrew Barnes
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Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, Andrew Barnes, has asked President Akufo-Addo to consider the option of banning the use of plastic bags in the country.

According to Andrew Barnes, banning the use of plastic bags in Ghana will be one of the surest ways for President Akufo-Addo to achieve his vision of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa.

Speaking on Accra based radio station Class FM, Mr Barnes said he thinks people are starting to realise they cannot just sit around and do things the old way, they can’t keep buying and consuming plastics and just throwing it away but there should be proper regulations and structures in place to improve rubbish collection systems and waste disposal in the country.

He added that recycling and probably the ban on the use of plastic bags will be ways to help curb the sanitation problems in the country.

Mr. Barnes believes the ban on plastic bags is possible because African countries like Rwanda, Kenya, Morocco and the Scandinavian countries were able to ban the use of plastic bags.

Read also: Australian High Commissioner complains about heaps on garbage on the streets

He urged Government to find more sustainable ways of packaging and shopping to avoid the number of plastic bags being used in the country.

President Akufo-Addo last year pledged to put in place measures to elevate Accra above filth before he ends his tenure as President of Ghana.

But after a year of the pledge by Akufo-Addo, many Ghanaians believe much has not been done to actually make Accra the cleanest city in Africa.

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Some have also called for the head of the Sanitation Minister Kofi Adda for not being able to leave up to the expectation of realizing the dream of the President. Ghana News