The Central Region has become the last of the sixteen (16) regions of the country to benefit from the ongoing government’s policy of building integrated recycling compost plants in every region of the country.
The policy, a collaboration between the government of Ghana and Zoomlion Ghana Limited and other partners is aimed at achieving the government’s dream of making Ghana a cleaner country.
Addressing a gathering of chiefs and people of Mankesim in the Mfantseman Municipality where the sod-cutting ceremony took place of Friday, the Central regional minister, Mr. Kwamena Duncan emphasized the construction of the integrated recycling and composting plant forms part of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s mission to the sanitation problem that has bedeviled the country for decades.
He stressed that the government was very committed to ensuring that good sanitation in the country which reason the government through the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources has began the construction of ultra-modern waste treatment plants across the country which will also provide over two thousand five hundred (2,500) direct and indirect jobs.
According to him, sanitation was a shared responsibility and thus urged the citizens to participate in activities that would improve the sanitation situation in their communities.
Mr. Duncan, therefore praised the government and Zoomlion Ghana Limited for the project while also commending the Chief of Mankesim, Nana Krampah VI, for providing a 100 acre land for the project.
The representative of the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mr. Kwaku Quansah said, he was delighted at the project, appealing to the people of the Central region to shun the habit disposing their refuse anyhow.
The deputy managing director of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Madam Gloria Anti, was optimistic that the state-of-the-art facility when completed will provide sustainable solid waste management solutions in the country.
She commended President Akufo Addo for his vision and commitment towards ensuring that development was equitably distributed in the country.
According to her, the facility is a 400-ton waste treatment facility equipped with modern technologies in sanitation management and it aims to provide a sustainable solution to recover and recycle over 60% of the organic fraction of the waste into compost to boost the agriculture sector and support the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative.
She revealed that Central region generates about 990,00 metric tons of waste annually, most of which goes into landfill sites making it hazardous to the citizenry .