Creation of a cooperative of waste pickers in Ghana
Ms. Edith Dzidzornu, Deputy Registrar in charge of Legal Affairs at Cooperatives Ghana, inaugurated the seven elected members who were sworn in and entrusted to work in a professional manner towards the achievement of the aims and objectives of the organization.
Delivering the keynote address, Ms. Dorcas Ansah, Accra City Focal Coordinator of WIEGO, said the organization exists to improve the status of the working poor in the informal economy.
She mentioned that to be able to dismantle structural barriers to economic empowerment, especially women in the informal sector must be organized, and their organization must be legally recognized.
The legal basis would give them the power to draw up and officially sign a collective agreement and to be recognized in the policy-making process.
Ms. Ansah noted that the Kpone Landfill Waste Pickers Association would not only work at the landfill site but also travel to the various communities to pick up household solid waste.
She pointed out that the waste pickers’ decision to embark on door-to-door waste collection was triggered by the various crises encountered at the landfill, indicating the closure of the engineered landfill and plans impending closure of the current landfill site. were factored into the waste pickers to confront, claiming that people’s livelihoods depended on the landfill.
Mr. Johnson Doe, newly sworn in president of the Kpone Waste Pickers Association, expressed his gratitude to WIEGO for their support over the years.
He added that policy makers should consider the interest of the waste picker if action was taken on the landfill, saying it was time for the government through the various development institutions to give waste pickers the means to ensure clean and healthy communities in the country.
Mr. Doe stressed that waste pickers will ensure proper sanitation practices both in communities and at the landfill, adding that stakeholders in the sanitation sector must support waste pickers to perform well. their tasks.