Head of United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Ifeoma Esther Charles-Monwuba, has charged the government to ban the use of single-use plastics in the country.
Addressing the media on Friday, madam Charles-Monwuba said that careless disposal of single-use plastic waste has become a threat to agriculture, water sources as well as human and marine lives.
The UN Ghana organised a cleanup exercise at the Labamba Beach on Friday to encourage citizens to work towards a clean environment.
The Head of UNOPS asked Ghanaians to take a bold step and replace plastics with paper and ceramics as has been adopted by the United Nations and its staff.
â€œThe UN is deeply committed to this, so in our offices, we are taking action to ensure that we do not contribute any negative impact on the climate,â€ she said.
She revealed that UN, in its commitment to contribute to clean Ghana, has banned the use of single-use plastics in its offices and events.
â€œWe are taking that to our homes and our communities to ensure that we also influence those around us to also do the same,â€ she added.
UNOPS Project Engineer, Hadia Gariba, also encouraged citizens to use reusable plastics to curb the growing menace of plastic waste.
â€œSingle-use plastics are used and disposed of quickly, there isnâ€™t an opportunity for you to recycle, there isnâ€™t an opportunity to reuse,â€ Madam Gariba noted.