The Director of CSIR – Institute of Industrial Research, Dr. Francis Agyenim Boateng has called on the government to construct Bio digester facilities in other schools just like what has been done for the Umar Bun Hatab Islamic Basic School in the Madina Zongo Community.
Speaking at the commissioning of the Actuate Project, Dr. Agyenim Boateng said, “We have converted waste into wealth for cooking and lighting”.
He further urged all present to become ambassadors of the project by taking photos and uploading them on social media statuses.
A student of the school, Miss Naima expressed the students’ excitement at the siting of the project on their school premises adding that this has and will continue to enhance the learning of the students.
Miss Naima concluded by saying, “We will take good care of it and hand it on to our juniors”.
Accelerating the adoption of circular sanitation demonstration systems for improved health outcomes (ACTUATE) is a 700,000 Pounds UK Government Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project led by Lancaster University and funded by GCRF-EPSRC Global Research Translation Award UK.
The aim of the project is to construct working demonstrator anaerobic digestion facilities in both Ghana and Nigeria to process organic wastes, produce power and use the resulting digestate as a sustainable soil conditioner/fertilizer.
The core partners of the ACTUATE Project are Lancaster University UK, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Ghana, University of Benin Nigeria, HATOF Foundation Ghana, Nigerian Environmental Society Nigeria, Green Advocacy Ghana and a host of other organizations.
A demonstration plant with an associated science lab has been set up within a community-based primary school in Ghana (UMAR BUN HATAB Islamic Basic School at Madina Zongo, Accra, Ghana)
This working example will positively highlight the technology as a credible option for management of waste, bioenergy and soil/food security and de-risk the opportunity for potential investors.