Accra, Nov 20, GNA - The Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama on Friday commended the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for working closely with others organisation to protect the country's environment. He said in spite of the financial and other constrain facing the EPA it was still safeguarding the environment for the present as well as the future generations.
The Vice President, whose speech was read by Professor Kasim Kasanga, Minister of Environment and Science, was speaking at an awards and dinner night to climax the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the EPA, in Accra.
The anniversary was on the theme: "30 years of environmental protection: Managing waste - challenges for the future". In all eighteen individuals and organisations were presented with meritorious awards for their contributions towards the protection of the environment.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama also tasked the workers of the agency to continue with the promotion of high standards of environmental consciousness and awareness among the people.
Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, Okyenhene and Chairman of the EPA, called for sustainable mining that would benefit the local people whose resources were being taken away.
He said local communities should be involved in the decision making process when mining contracts were being signed.
The Okyenhene also noted that he was not against mining in the country but was for a process that would be able to protect as well as sustain the environment.
He called on the government to provide other alternatives to mining such tourism and Agro-forestry that could generate the needed resources for development.
He urged all stakeholders and organisations involved in the conservation of our forests to continue to raise the awareness about the environment.
Mr Emmanuel A. Allotey, Executive Director of the EPA urged the staff to rededicate themselves by acquiring information and skills that would put the institution on top.
"The world is changing fast as there is such a explosion of information and we cannot afford to lag behind" he said. 20 Nov 04