President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on the private sector to take advantage of the huge business opportunities that exist in the waste management sector of the country.
He made the call at the commissioning of some 100 waste management trucks and 25 disinfection trucks at the Independence Square as part of a public-private partnership between the Government of Ghana and Zoomlion Limited.
President Akufo-Addo observed that the “rapid population growth with its consequent increase in human activities at the residential, commercial and industrial levels has meant that waste generation activities continue to be a challenge in the country”.
This challenge, the President said, has created a business opportunity that the private sector must take advantage of.
“Currently in total, we generate some seven million, five hundred and seventeen thousand, five hundred and forty (7,517,540) metric tonnes of waste. This situation you will agree presents enormous investment opportunities for which the private sector can take advantage” President Akufo-Addo added.
He therefore reiterated a previous invitation for more private sector companies to collaborate with government in creating business opportunities in the waste management space such as waste to energy, materials recovery, recycling and composting.
Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group, owners of Zoomlion, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong in a brief statement said the 100 state-of-the-art compactor trucks and 25 disinfection equipment constitute part of a total of 500 trucks expected to arrive in Ghana with modern technology and well-trained drivers.
He said the trucks would boost Zoomlion’s already existing fleet of waste management trucks and enable them to deliver on their mandate more effectively.
“The expectation is that this would culminate in improved sanitation. Your Excellency, I am happy to announce that fifty (50) women are also being trained together with our men at the Ghana Armed Forces Supplies and Transport Training School on defensive driving and effective operation of the trucks” Dr. Joseph Agyepong said.
He urged all Ghanaians to commit to the President “clean Ghana” vision, adding that there is need for all to support existing initiatives such as the Environmental Care Campaign by the Church of Pentecost, the Chief Imam’s Campaign on Cleanliness as well as projects by Civil Society Groups, the Graphic Communications Group and other media partners.
“We are also pleading with the local authorities that the sanitation courts work to enforce discipline among the citizens” Dr. Agyepong appealed.