Environmental Protection Assistants pass out in Upper East

Samuel Akapule, GNA

Pwalugu (U/E), Sept. 21, GNA – Five hundred
and forty-one Environmental Protection Assistants, under the Youth Employment
Agency (YEA), module have successfully completed an eleven-day course in
environmental protection.

The trainees drawn from the Northern, Upper
East and Upper West Regions were taken through environmental and sanitation
management, its laws and physical drills among others.

Mr John Pwamang, the acting Executive Director
of EPA, in a speech delivered on his behalf, said the EPA was collaborating
with the Youth Employment Agency of the Ministry of Employment and Labour
Relation to engage the youth and provide training for them.

He said the engagement of more personnel would
provide the needed operational support to the Agency in its compliance,
enforcement, and field monitoring activities.

“Additionally, Environmental Protection module
of the YEA will help to achieve a clean and sustainable environment for Ghana
and deepen EPA’s environmental governance and offer basic employment to the
Ghanaian youth at the same time”, Mr Pwamang said.

He said the trainees would help the Agency to
collate data, undertake data entry and data quality control on monitoring and
evaluation activities, undertake environmental education campaigns and
collaborate with the district assemblies on environmental management.

“I personally see the engagement of the youth
in environmental protection as a unique opportunity. This is because, young
people constitute a large part of Ghana’s population and young people will have
to live with the consequences of current environmental decisions”, Mr Pwamang

Later in an interview, Mr Nkegbe, the Regional
Director of the EPA, said in the Upper East Region, the Agency in collaboration
with other stakeholders are coordinating the implementation two major projects,
the Sustainable Land and Water Management Project and the Greening Ghana

He said these were key to addressing the
challenges of climate change and household food insecurity in the three regions
of the northern part of the country.

Mr Nkegbe said the creation of buffer zones
along various rivers, composting, minimum tillage, stone bonding, the zai and
the natural regeneration concepts were some of the sound Sustainable Land and
Water Management which were being initiated in the region.

He said between 2015 and 2016, over 200,000
seedlings of various tree species have been transplanted adding that the
training and recruitment of the Environmental Protection Assistants would play
an important role in data collection and monitoring.

The Regional Director urged beneficiaries to
exhibit a high sense of professionalism in the discharge of their duties in
conformity to the core values of the Agency, which are integrity, dedication,
service and team work.

Mr Abdallah Salifu, the Deputy Regional
Director of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), in charge of operations, told
the beneficiaries that their roles would include complementing the EPA to check
and ensure sound environmental and sanitation practices in the area.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Simon Afeku, the
Regional Police Commander, warned the beneficiaries to be mindful of the fact
that they would be monitored in the execution of their duties hence the need to
be mindful of their activities.


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