Accra: September, 2016: More than 5,000 pupils in the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions are to benefit from a recycling campaign designed to build a sustainable, healthy future and environment for our children.
The Mohinani Group of Companies wish to be at the forefront of a change in Ghana that recognises that not everything we throw away is waste and that so much of what we do not need can be used again.
The campaign, in the form of a competition, will educate pupils and their communities on waste management. The aim is to instil in them the habit of proper waste disposal and make use of dustbins to promote a clean and healthy environment in Ghana. This will also include recycling paper, plastic and cans.
The campaign targets pupils between the ages of 9 and 13 years in 20 selected Primary and Junior High Schools in the two regions.
Under the theme: “Celebrating our Past, Inspiring our Future”, the competition which will begin this month is an initiative of the Mohinani Group to mark its 50th Anniversary Celebrations in the country.
Mr Ashok Mohinani, Executive Director of the Mohinani Group of Companies, said the campaign forms part of its commitment towards recycling plastic and carrier bags and therefore reducing the pressure on the environment.
“As we celebrate this significant milestone in our journey, we would like to reaffirm our continued commitment to giving back to society in an environmentally sustainable way”, he emphasised.
Mr. Mohinani said recycling should be a way of life for everyone but starting the education process with pupils will ensure that recycling becomes part of our future. The competition will serve as a means to encourage the pupils and their communities to reuse rather than just throw away.
“This competition will motivate our youth to recycle by suggesting ways to engage everyone in a fun, educational programme that will involve students, staff and parents”, he noted.
The competition runs for two months, after which the participants will be awarded exciting prizes ranging from learning materials to waste disposal equipment.
Other activities scheduled to mark the anniversary include clean-up exercises; environmental fairs; a football gala and a photo exhibition depicting 50 years in the Mohinani Group’s history.
Touching on the Group’s achievements, Mr Mohinani said it expanded its line of operations with the sole aim of meeting quality international standards to deliver the best to its consumers. It is with this philosophy in mind that this initiative has been launched.
‘Over the last 50 years, the Mohinani Group has grown into a diversified world class group of companies with businesses and brands across the globe with a penchant for innovation and industrial leadership.’
He continued by saying “We have employed over 10,000 people directly or indirectly; provided scholarships; educational infrastructure; access to portable water; supported entrepreneurial and community development all in our bid to make life better for Ghanaians everywhere”
The Group businesses include manufacturing (plastics and packaging products); distribution (consumer durables, electronics, electrical products); retail (office automation, tyres, building material); and international trade (polymers, chemicals and commodity raw materials).
As a forward thinking and fast diversifying Group, they have branched out into Greenfield sectors such as Real Estate, Hospitality and Quick Service Restaurants (QSR).
The companies include Poly Products; Poly Tanks; Poly Sacks; Poly Kraft; Sonnex Packaging & Plastic Industries; Somotex; Somoco; Electromart; South West Estates; Protea Hotel Select and KFC among others. Currently, the Group employs directly over 2,500 people across the country.