President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has cut sod for the construction of the first solid waste treatment plant in the Eastern Region.
The Plant, which is being established by the Jospong Group and its partners, in collaboration with government, is expected to be completed in four months.
The construction of this plant is in line with the Akufo-Addo Government’s policy of creating an enabling environment for the private sector to partner government to bridge the infrastructure gap in sanitation.
Upon completion, the plant will receive, sort, and process two hundred tonnes of solid waste within the Techiman Municipality.
The Eastern Region becomes the eighth region to benefit from the on-going integrated recycling and compost plants being constructed across the country by Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL) and its partners, Komptech, in partnership with government.
With the exception of Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions whose plants have been inaugurated, work was currently on-going on solid waste treatment plants in Western, Western North, Ahafo, Bono and Bono East Regions.
The Eastern solid waste treatment facility, would be sited at Akwadum, a suburb of Effiduase in the New Juaben North Constituency.
It has the capacity to process tonnes of solid waste a day into compost to be used for agricultural purposes among other useful end products.
When completed, the facility would receive waste from municipalities including New Juaben North and South, Effiduase, Suhum, Abuakwa North and South, Yilo Krobo, Koforidua, Okere and others.
This means that the facility has the capability to meet all the waste management needs of the people of Koforidua and beyond.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who cut the sod on Thursday for work to begin on the facility, was full of praise for the Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies (JGC), Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, who also doubles as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, for supporting his government not only in the area of waste management but also job creation.
“That explains why my government has offered to firmly support Dr Siaw Agyepong and his group of companies in their quest to construct solid waste treatment plants in all the 16 regions,” he affirmed.
The event was part of the President’s three-day tour in the Eastern Region.
According to President Akufo-Addo, ensuring that Ghana becomes the cleanest country in Africa was a top priority of his administration. In this regard, he commended the Effiduasehene who also doubles as the Nifahene, Okoawia Dwomo Baabu II, for releasing land for the project.