Zoomlion Ghana charges media to intensify advocacy role on sanitation

Friday 14th June, 2019
Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyapong zoomlion
By Paul K Yankey, GNA

Gomoa-Fetter (C/R), June 14, GNA - The Executive Chairman of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyapong has charged the media to play its advocacy role to abate the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the country and apply the impetus it gave to the 'galamsey' menace.

Dr. Agyapong who addressed journalists with Pentecost Media Network shortly after the inauguration of Pentecost Professionals Network at Gomoa-Fetter in the Central Region said the company was ready to team up with media houses to deal with sanitation issues.

He pledged his total commitment to establish Waste Treatment Plants across the sixteen regions in the country to manage plastic waste products into something valuable.

Zoomlion Ghana Limited, over the past decade, has provided integrated waste management solutions from waste collection, haulage, composting and recycling; where waste is recycled into reusable materials such as compost for Agricultural input.

Dr. Agyapong disclosed that the Company started its operations in the northern part of the country with only tricycles to collect wastes and that the Company has established one in the Eastern Region and in Tamale.

He said the Company was establishing same in Kumasi and Takoradi.

"Our prime aim is to establish Waste Treatment Plants across the country and currently, we have built one at Jamestown, in Accra, in Eastern Region, Tamale and we are currently establishing a big one in Kumasi and Takoradi", he told the media.

He noted that if the country supported the establishment of these Plants, it would end the annual importation of fertilizers year by the Government.

"Here in Ghana, every year, we import 38 million dollars of fertilizers for farmers but if we all support the establishment of Waste Treatment Plants, we will get fertilizers from it without importing any for our farmers, because in some foreign countries they have turned these and recycling plastic wastes into so many things", he emphasized.

Dr. Agyapong indicated that the establishment of these Plants would create a lot of employment for the people of this country.

'If we are able to establish these Plants, it will create employment and at least one Plant will create 250 jobs for people. It is more beneficial to establish Waste Treatment Plants than disposing wastes indiscriminately".

Dr Agyapong commended the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Madam Cecilia Dapaah for providing 20,000 dustbins to be put on the streets of Accra, the nation's capital.

He pledged the Company's readiness to support President Akufo-Addo to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa.

He said the major challenge facing the country was inadequate landfills sites.

In this regard, Dr. Agyapong pledged to establish similar Waste Recovery Plant at Jamestown and in all the regional capitals in the country.

He disclosed that due to the hard work of Zoomlion, the World Bank has recognized the company as one of the best in the World.