THE PRESIDENT Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cut-sod for the construction of a Solid Waste Treatment facility at Sefwi Wiawso in Sefwi-Bekwai Anhwiaso Municipality of the Western North Region.
This is the 5th of the solid waste treatment plant to be started after similar sod-cuttings of one each in Accra, Takoradi, Techiman and Sunyani.
Addressing the gathering at a short sod-cutting ceremony in Sefwi-Wiawso, the capital of the Western North Region, the President said when completed it would provide job for the youth.
According the President, sanitation issues are dear to his heart, hence the creation of the Sanitation and Water Resource Ministry, led by Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah as Minister.
He said, by this ceremony, means Western North is also benefiting from the 200 tones of solid waste under state of the art facility which will provide jobs, create a healthy environment, improve health and living conditions, reduce air and water pollution and contamination.
He expressed his government’s gratitude to Jospong Group of Companies (JGC) and its partners for sharing in his government’s policies under the One District One Factory.
He also thanked the Okatakyie Kwasi Bumangah II, the Paramount Chief of the Sefwi Wiawso Traditional Council for releasing the land for the project.
Over 300 new jobs
The Executive Chairman of JGC, who also doubles as the Chief Executive Officer of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Dr Joseph Siaw-Agyepong, revealed that the plant will create 75 and 250 direct and indirect jobs respectively.
According to him, the development in Europe and America all traced their succesful foundations from factories therefore his outfit finds it viable to support the President’s policy of 1D1F.
Dr Siaw-Agyepong also said the driving force behind his company desire to construct waste treatment facilities across the country was borne out from the President’s vision to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa, and by extension the whole country.
He said the project would be completed in four months adding that, it will serve all nine constituencies in the Western North Region.
He thanked the chiefs and people of Sefwi-Wiawso for making available a 100-acre land for his company to construct the plant.
Keep cities clean
The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah, said the facility will help address the Sanitation challenges in the country.
This she said would help eradicate cholera and discentory while urging on the people especially the youth to help keep the cities clean.
She encouraged other private waste companies to come on board and support the government in addressing the sanitation challenges in the country.
Who else was there?
The event was graced by the Okatakyie Kwasi Bumangah II, the paramount Chief of Sefwi-Wiawso Traditional council, the Minister of Western North Region, Kingsley Aboagye-Gyedu, Dr Kweku Afriyei, Member of Parliament for Sefwi-Wiawso, Queen mothers and the youth.
The project is expected to be completed within four months, and it is under a partnership between Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL) and its private sector partners and the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources.
The plant will have facilities including plastic waste recycling, finished products and spare parts, compost workshop, sorting workshop and an office building.
The rest are restaurant, weighing bridge, recycling plant, washing bay, skills training scavengers, clinic and a laboratory.