The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced that the next phase of Ghana’s waste management is to convert waste to energy as this will add to Ghana’s energy capacity and ensure the realization of clean the Ghana agenda.
According to him, the government has provided an enabling environment through the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to make this work.
“I will therefore reiterate my invitation for more private sector companies to collaborate with government in creating business opportunities in the waste management space such as waste to energy, material recovering recycling, and composting,” he reiterated.
He maintained that rapid population growth with its consequent increase in human activities at the residential, industrial, and commercial levels has meant that waste management generation activities continued to be a challenge in the country.
He says, “Currently in total, we generate some 7,517,540 metric tons of waste. This situation presents enormous investment opportunities for which the private sector can take advantage”.
“I am glad to state that government is collaborating with the Jospong Group of Companies of which Zoomlion is a part to set up 16 states of the arts-integrated Recycling and Compost Plants in all the 16 Regions of the country. This is a good positive intervention and it will go a long way to help manage waste effectively” he added.
In this regard, he underscored that the procurement of these additional 500 fleets by Zoomlion will go a long way to address the waste management problems in the country.
“These trucks are going to be used to cast waste from our business districts and communities, to landfill sites and waste treatment facilities and help in the ongoing disinfection exercise of spaces and institutions that have been rolled out since the onset of covid 19”.
“It is a clear manifestation of the commitment of progressive element in the private sector to work with government to deliver quality infrastructure, in this case, addressing the waste management situation in the country”.
President Akufo-Addo made the announcement during the unveiling of the first batch of one hundred and one  out of five hundred  technologically powered waste collection trucks and twenty-five  disinfection equipment secured by waste management company, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, at a brief unveiling ceremony at the Independence Square in Accra, on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.
In a welcome address, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, said the unveiling of these fleets of waste trucks confirmed the need for the government to continue to engage with the private sector.
“I stand to pledge the resolute commitment of the Regional Coordinating Council and all Metropolitan and Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to ensure these trucks are put to judicious use while strictly adhering to maintenance regimes for a longer life span,” he firmly assured.
He stressed that his ministry will continue to collaborate with Zoomlion and its affiliates and the Environmental Service Providers Association (ESPA) to provide quality service to the communities, especially with the Greater Accra Region.
However, he called on the citizenry to also play their role and avoid littering indiscriminately after the waste has been collected.
“Accra can and must indeed work again. Every one of us has a role in achieving this,” the regional minister averred.
For her part, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, commended the President for his unwavering commitment to ensure that Ghana becomes the cleanest country in Africa.
She said under the administration of Akufo-Addo, her ministry, the first of its kind in the history of Ghana, has achieved a lot in the sanitation space.
“For the first time, many aged dumpsites have been evacuated across the country,” she said.
She pointed out that her ministry has had some excellent working relations with stakeholders in the sanitation sector,” thereby commending Zoomlion for its enormous role in the sector.
In a brief remark, the Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies (JGC), Dr. Joseph Siaw-Agyepong, disclosed that his outfit was unveiling 101 trucks with modern technology and well-trained drivers to boost their already existing fleet.
He said this was part of a total consignment of five hundred (500) new waste trucks acquired by his group.
“It is expected that the remaining trucks should arrive by the end of the third quarter of this year,” he added.
Additionally, he revealed that JGC was on the verge of receiving over 5,000 motorized tricycles.
These tricycles, he said, will be distributed across the country to support the haulage of solid waste in the cities and communities.
He used the opportunity to announce that a new phase has been added to his company’s operations
“Our drivers have been taken through rigorous training on discipline, defensive driving, and customer service to ensure that they deliver service at an optimum standard,” he said.
During his concluding remarks, Dr. Siaw-Agyepong thanked the Akufo-Addo administration for enabling the private sector to thrive and contribute to the social and economic development of the country.
By: Ernestina Afake | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana