Businesses urged to incorporate environmental health operations

Accra, Aug. 14, GNA
– The Deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr
Bernice Adiku Heloo has urged stakeholders to incorporate environment health
and safety tips into their operations in order to help promote the sustainable
development goals (SDGs).

Speaking at the
maiden launch of the Environmental Health and Safety Awards in Accra, she noted
that science and technology has brought in its wake environmental and health
challenges through socio- economic activities.

She said to be able
to achieve the SDG’s all corporate institutions must ensure that their policies
are aimed at sustaining the environment.  

Dr Heloo expressed
government preparedness to collaborate
and support public- private partnership particularly in areas related to health
and safety.

“The government
gives recognition to public- private partnership and encourage practitioners
who make deliberate effort to ensure environmental sustainability while
promoting corporate social responsibility in the society,’’ she said.

She commended
Maximum Growth Africa and GRATIS Foundation for collaborating to promote safety
while creating jobs.

Maximum Growth
Africa is a non –governmental organisation that promotes environmental health
and safety through conferences and exhibition for about five years now.

It is a platform for
advocacy, networking, capacity building and to promote sustainable environment
and productivity.

Mr Francis Kwaidoo,
the CEO of Maximum Growth Africa explained that the excellence award is to select
companies individuals and organisations that promote environmental
sustainability.

It would also
sponsor transformative steps urgently needed to collectively stimulate investor
interest in environmentally sustainable projects and help create two million
jobs with different modules in five years.

He explained some of
the significance of the award” The Environmental, Health and Safety Excellence
Award would help reduce the fragmentation of the eco-system as a result of
human activities.

It would also
promote conservation of green and sustainable settlement, cities, and towns in
a planned and organised manner for a healthy, safe and sustainable development.

Mr Kwaidoo mentioned
that the sectors that would be awarded include investment in health and
education, environmental sanitation and pollution, innovative technology oil
and gas mining, construction among others.

The Award Ceremony
is slated for October 22.

The CEO of GRATIS
Foundation, Mr Emmanuel Asiedu noted that the unemployment problem in Ghana
could be reduced significantly if every government focuses on  skills training rather than academic
training.

He said: ‘’ We give
people academic training instead of skills training, which does not help in job
creation.

“It is only when people
have the required skills to work that jobs are created. As an Institution we
are ready to partner any organisation that will help with job creation as we
have been doing in the past .The idea is to empower those who will undergo
these training to become employers and not employees.”

The event was held
on the theme:’’ Transformative and sustainable change creates a Healthy and
Wealthy Nation’’.

GNA

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