With the rate at which plastics, especially single-use plastics is polluting the environment, it is just prudent enough to take a decision to rule out the use of these non-biodegradable materials.
President Akufo-Addo has promised that his government would soon come out with a definite position on a possible ban on the manufacture of plastics in the country.
Akufo-Addo's decision is believed to have been influenced by the incessant debate about a possible ban on the plastics, that came up strongly in the first year of Akufo Addo's government.
Speaking at a forum where he hosted the Norwegian Prime Minister in Accra, President Akufo-Addo said the government will “very soon” announce a position on the matter.
Recently, a group of citizens petitioned President Akufo-Addo to place a progressive ban on plastics.
The group, the Green Advocates Alliance, urged the President to implement the ban by September 2019.
The group, in a petition, said the ban would be a demonstration of the government’s commitment to making Accra the cleanest city in Africa.
However, local plastic manufacturers have cautioned government on the consequences of an outright ban on the use of plastic in the country
Kenya and Tanzania are among 60 other countries that have banned or partially banned single-use plastic bags and made a formal commitment to phase out single-use non-biodegradable plastics.
The non-biodegradable plastics have been identified by the United Nations as one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges.
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