The delegates at the conference
The fourth annual National Health, Environment and Safety (NAHES) conference and exhibition began on Wednesday.
The three-day programme, which ends today, brought experts in water and sanitation to chart a path for the way forward in solving the various environmental challenges.
In an opening remark, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Maximum Growth Africa, Francis Ackatia Kwaidoo, said the annual conference was held to assemble experts to discuss and share ideas on issues of national concern such as water harvest technology, innovation, job creation, sanitation and others.
He said that the conference was held to bring out ideas about ‘why and how we can create more opportunities for our brothers and sisters.’
A special presentation was made by Medwn Jacobs, CEO, N&M Technology, South Africa, on a new method of extracting water from the atmosphere.
He unveiled his machine which, based on AC technology and run by either generator or solar power, would harvest and purify water present in the air.
His vision is to put in place a factory producing the technology, which would be built in Ghana to save cost and create jobs.
He explained that water from air is important because groundwater sources are being depleted.
His hope is to see Ghanaians accept the new technology before they run out of options.
Edward Ashong-Lartey, who represented the CEO of Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), mentioned that the environment is very important and that his organisation was pleased to be supporting the conference.
He said that GIPC would do everything they could to implement ideas generated at the conference.
The Chairman of the session and General Overseer of the Royalhouse Chapel International, Rev Sam Korankye Ankrah, officially welcomed the audience to the conference.
Nii Armah Ashitey, Minister for Employment and Labour issues, who represented the Vice President, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, said that there have been problems with industry expansion emerging from ill-health and safety problems of workers.
He said that due to those issues, a new policy was being drafted to deal with occupational safety and health hazards.
The Minister urged the gathering to adhere strictly to laid-down rules regarding sanitation, mining, energy usage, and other sectors.
He said that the partnership between government and private sectors would help promote recycling and waste management ‘in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goal 7’ which seeks to ensure environmental sustainability.
Also present was Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Health, who discussed the country’s need to come together to find a lasting solution to environmental issues, especially clean drinking water.
BY Belvy Ofori and Sarah Jakubowski
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