The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has announced that the next phase of waste management in Ghana is to convert trash to energy.
He said this will add to the country’s energy capacity and ensure the realisation of the “Clean Ghana” agenda.
“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, recycling, and composting,” said the President in Accra on Tuesday during the unveiling of 100 state-of-the-art waste management trucks and 25 disinfection equipment secured by waste management company Zoomlion.
Speaking at the same event, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, said: “I stand to pledge the resolute commitment of the Regional Coordinating Council and all Metropolitan, 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 stressed that his ministry will continue to collaborate with Zoomlion, its affiliates and the Environmental Service Providers Association (ESPA) to provide quality service to communities in the Greater Accra Region.
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 presidency of Akufo-Addo, her ministry, the first of its kind in the history of Ghana, had achieved a lot in the sanitation space.
“For the first time, many aged dumpsites have been evacuated across the country,” she added.
The Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies (JGC), Dr. Joseph Siaw-Agyepong, said the unveiled trucks were part of a total consignment of 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 expecting to receive over 5,000 motorised tricycles, which will be distributed across the country to support the haulage of solid waste in the cities and communities.
Dr. Siaw-Agyepong commended the Akufo-Addo administration for enabling the private sector to thrive and contribute to the social and economic development of the country.