The Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has stressed the need for Ghanaians to refrain from corrupt practices and activities that could increase the abuse of the environment.
“We need to re-examine what we do on daily basis and begin to be more sensitive to our roles in keeping the environment safe and sustainable,” Madam Josephine Nkrumah told participants at a national dialogue on environmental governance in Kumasi.
The dialogue, which was the 3rd national event to be held, was part of the Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme being implemented by the Commission.
The goal was to highlight existing environmental issues and the need for the citizenry to do their bit to stem negative practices that aggravated the situation.
Mrs Nkrumah pointed out that the issues of illegal mining, deforestation, improper disposal of waste, pollution of water bodies, and others were seriously creating environmental challenges, which needed collective efforts to address it.
She said Ghana needed to take stringent actions to tackle climate change through robust environmental governance, policy formulation and legal framework.
Madam Nkrumah made a clarion call to individuals and corporate entities saying they had crucial roles to play in safeguarding the environment and added that, legislation and policy were also key factors in environmental discipline.
The national dialogue was to deliberate on the excerpts on environmental governance from the study conducted by the Commission with support from the European Union in 2017 on “public opinion on corruption, public accountability and environmental governance in Ghana.”
From the findings of the study, environmental concerns under discussion- illegal mining, deforestation, and noise pollution- ranked second, fourth and 13th respectively out of 15 other environmental issues raised.
The study also ascertained respondents’ knowledge on state organizations that had the mandate to protect the environment and how best they performed their duties.
Respondents rated the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies 37.2 percent, Environmental Protection Agency 37.2 percent, and 6.4 percent for the Forestry Commission.
Diana Acconcia, Head of EU Delegation in Ghana, said environmental governance was crucial in the 21st century as international societies tried to address climate change issues.
She commended the NCCE for efforts in leading the national crusade to direct policies and programmes towards improved governance in the country. Ashanti regional director of NCCE Mr Wilson Rapheal Arthur on his part stated that every Ghanaian has a role to play to protect our environment. He then urge Ghanaians to desist from corrupt practices to make a nation great and strong. Credit: Akwadaa Nyame(Silver FM)