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Hon. Samuel Pyne delivering his speech at the launch

The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has officially launched “KEEP KUMASI CLEAN; LET’S RECYCLE”, programme under the Holistic Reinforcement for Sustainable Development (HORESD) project at the Kumasi Jubilee Park on Thursday 26th October, 2023.

The KMA in partnership with the Mancomunit at de la Ribera Alta (MANRA) of Spain and the City of Praia (CMP) of Cape Verde successfully secured funding from the European Union under the Local Authorities Partnership for Sustainable Cities 2021 to implement the Holistic Reinforcement for Sustainable Development (HORESD) project in Kumasi.

The grand launching of the programme “KEEP KUMASICLEAN; LET’S RECYCLE” was also used to outdoor 400 pieces of 1000-liter, 300pieces of 240-liter, 300 pieces of 120-liter waste containers and 8No. refuse collection trucks which will be deployed to selected suburbs in Kumasi to pilot source-separation of waste at the market center, houses and communal dump sites from 1st November, 2023.

In his welcome remarks, Mr. Francis Dwira Darko, the Metro Co-ordinating Director noted that almost three-quarters of the Assembly’s Internally Generated Funds is spent on Waste Management in the metropolis, but despite these efforts, he said the City is still plagued by the indiscriminate disposal of solid waste, which has the potential to negatively impact the health and prosperity of the people.

He therefore expressed gratitude to the European Union, the Mancomunitat de la Ribera Alta (MANRA), and City of Praia (CMP) for their invaluable support in making the project a reality. He mentioned that their commitment to promoting sustainable development in our cities was truly commendable, and that the City of Kumasi was honored to be among the recipients of this esteemed funding programme.

Hon. Samuel Pyne, the Mayor of Kumasi in his speech said the theme “KEEP KUMASI CLEAN; LET’S RECYCLE” ties in beautifully with his vision under waste management to keep the city clean by making solid waste are source for sustainable job creation.

He said since the inauguration of the HORESD project, the Technical Working Group meticulously designed a comprehensive plan, which was evaluated by the Territorial Management Group, adding that, the plan has served as a roadmap for the initiative, and guiding them efficiently and sustainably towards the aim of practicing waste segregation.



Asemhene, Nana Ampofo Kyei Baffour II and the Mayor jointly cuts the tape to outdoor the waste collection trucks

He noted that with the project’s commitment to promoting the Circular Economy, waste pickers became the target since they serve as crucial contributors to the City’s cleanliness. Hon. Pyne continued that, these waste pickers were organized into various cooperatives and registered to empower them by giving them a platform to actively engage with the Assembly regarding future initiatives, which demonstrates the project’s dedication to social inclusion and its resolve to directly collaborate with the marginalized to effect positive change in the society.

The City Mayor mentioned that the project also facilitated a community buy-back program to enable aggregators purchase recyclable materials from the waste pickers, which affirms that the project not only promotes a cleaner environment but also supports the livelihoods of marginalized waste pickers.

Hon. Samuel Pyne expressed appreciation to the European Union, MANRA, and CREA for their support in the project and made a call to the people of Kumasi to collaborate collectively to ensure the success of the programme.

In a remark, the Head of Cooperation of the European Union delegation to Ghana, Mr. Massimo Mina stated that, it is estimated that100 tons of waste is generated daily but only 10 percent of it, is recycled and was ecstatic that the European Union, the city of Valencia and Manra in Spain have partnered Kumasi to realize its quest to manage, recycle and reuse waste for the benefit of the people.

The Asemhene, Nana Ampofo Kyei Baffour II, who was the chairman for the occasion in his remarks noted that the programme “KEEP KUMASICLEAN; LET’S RECYCLE” was timely because it comes at a time that the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is preparing to host people from all walks of life in Kumasi to celebrate 100 years anniversary of Asantehene Prempeh I capture to  the Seychelles Islands.

Present at the launch were Mr. Victor Constatino, Coordinator of Sanitation-City of Praia; H.E. Paqui Momparler, President of MANRA; Mrs. Charlotte Akwaah-Agyei, Program Manager MSWR; heads of department at KMA, Assembly members, interest groups, the media and the general public. 

Mr. Massimo Mina making a remark at the launch of the programme

Hon. Samuel Pyne delivering his speech at the launch

Asemhene, Nana Ampofo Kyei Baffour II and the Mayor jointly cuts the tape to outdoor the waste collection trucks

Mr. Massimo Mina making a remark at the launch of the programme

Hon. Samuel Pyne delivering his speech at the launch

Asemhene, Nana Ampofo Kyei Baffour II and the Mayor jointly cuts the tape to outdoor the waste collection trucks

Mr. Massimo Mina making a remark at the launch of the programme

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