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Parliamentary Joint Committee elated with works at Tamale Waste Treatment Plant

To solve the poor disposal of all types of waste and reduce what goes to landfill sites and expand the life span of engineered landfill sites, the government is constructing IRECOP Projects in all 16 regions.

Members of the Parliamentary Select Committee who are on an inspection tour have expressed satisfaction with the ongoing works at the Tamale  Integrated Recycling and Composting Plant (IRECOP).

The Chairman of Parliamentary Select Committee on Local Government and Rural Development,  Hon. Emmanuel Akwasi Gyamfi, who is the leader of the delegation has expressed satisfaction at the progress of works at the IRECOP site at  Gbalahi-Tamale in the Sagnarigu Municipal Assembly of the Northern Region.

The visit by the 42-member-committee made up of Local Government and Rural Development, Environment, Science and Technology, Finance and Works and Housing on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, was to afford the MPs the opportunity to ascertain the progress of works on IRECOP and Landfill Site decommissioning and reengineering works being executed by waste management giants, Zoomlion Ghana limited in all the 16 regions.

The iRECOP initiative by Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong and the Jospong Group of Companies with the support of the government is to help effectively manage waste across the country and create more jobs.

The IRECOP facility will boost food production, especially cocoa production.

According to the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Local government, the visit was to ensure that there is value for work in the construction of the waste treatment facilities.

“What we want to see at the end of the tour in the region is to complement what we have done and to make sure that the contractor ensures that the challenges of Sanitation will be resolved”.

According to him, unlike works at the Takoradi IRECOP and Landfill Site where some of the MPs were not enthused about the progress of work, the Tamale project is satisfactorily in progress.

“When we went to Takoradi some of the members were not happy. We are now in Tamale and what we see here is very encouraging ”, he stressed.

He, therefore, commended Zoomlion for the level of work executed so far and urged the company to complete the project on schedule.

“We commend Zoomlion for taking up this challenge. It’s a big challenge and for  Zoomlion to collaborate with the government to do this project I think that we should commend them”.

On his part, the Manager of Waste Landfills, Mr. Peter Dagadu assured the MPs of the company’s commitment to complete the project on time.

He added that the sub-structure of the project is 60 percent complete and by August 2021, the entire project would be completed.

“This is a modular project so we can add another line to process more waste”, Mr. Dagadu noted.

He revealed that the 5,600sqm project includes a wastewater treatment facility and will also process 400,000 tonnes of solid waste daily.

He indicated that the company will resort to what he described as motorized tricycles to augment the collection of waste for recycling.

The multi-million dollar project is also expected to produce charcoal and biogas for power plants.

The facility will have four different waste management plants of which the iRECOP will recover valuables from the waste.

  • A Liquid waste treatment plant to handle about 1000 cubic litres of liquid waste from the various MMDA’s.
  • A Medical waste treatment plant that will handle about 200kg of waste every four hours. A Residual landfill.
  • A Residual landfill that will deal with the remaining 10% of materials that can’t be processed by iRECOP.

By: Ernestina Afake | Originalfmonlie.com | Ghana

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