Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies, Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, has assured President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of his companies’ support for his avowed pledge to make Ghana and the national capital, Accra, clean.
He was reacting to the President’s sanitation initiatives aimed at ensuring a clean environment on Thursday, February 08, 2018 during the State of the Nation Address.
According to Dr Siaw Agyapong, the President must be commended for his focus on the environment and promising to make resources available to make the entire country clean.
He, therefore, reassured the President of the private sector’s readiness to partner the government as it had done over the years to achieve its dream of ensuring proper throughout the country.
In the view of Dr Siaw Agyapong, it is the dream of all waste management companies to see a clean environment that would ensure good health of Ghanaians and thus ensure high productivity in all sectors of the economy.
In this regard, he stressed that what the sanitation sector needed was the right policies, strict law enforcement, support and a positive attitude from government agencies and officials tasked with ensuring the sanitation needs of the country, to engender fruitful partnership with the private sector.
“Over the years Zoomlion and other affiliate companies have been doing their best to ensure we all live in a clean and healthy environment but we cannot do much if the government does not support those of us in the sector,” the executive chairman of Jospong Group of Companies said.
Dr. Siaw Agyepong also called for government’s support for all waste management companies, pointing out that “we have the capacity and the technical knowhow in Ghana to solve any waste management challenge.”
Zoomlion Ghana Limited over the 12 years of its operations has transformed the waste management industry in Ghana through the introduction of integrated waste management solutions.
These include mechanised door-to-door waste collection system, waste transfer station, medical waste treatment plant, composting and recycling plants, waste water and faecal treatment plant, engineered landfill and dredging.
President’s take on sanitation
Touching on sanitation in his over an hour long delivery of the State of the Nation Address in Parliament last week Thursday, President Akufo-Addo decried the state of sanitation in Ghana’s cities, describing it as “wholly unacceptable.”
“Our cities have been engulfed by filth. There is the urgent need for public authorities to find means of making our cities clean, and, in the case of Accra, fulfilling my pledge, one of the most ambitious of my presidency, to make it the cleanest city in Africa, by the end of my term,” the President said.
President Akufo-Addo stated that his administration was working with various private sector operators to tackle the major challenge of poor sanitation in the country, with strategies that were intended to effect a change in attitudes towards waste generation, as well as improve dramatically the methods of waste management, stressing that the strategies would be “complemented by the strict enforcement of sanitation rules and regulations.”
According to President Akufo-Addo, “urgent attention will be given to clearing of rubbish all around the country.”
He further added that systematic efforts would be made to resolve the legacy of inherited debts in the sector, disclosing that “Government will spend, this year, an amount of GH¢200 million to address the vexed issue of sanitation.”
Dr Siaw Agyepong was firmly optimistic that the President would realise his dream of a clean and remarkably improved sanitation situation in the country as well as a healthy people by next year if the needed support was given to all sanitation sector players and a strong partnership was formed between private and state actors in the sector.
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