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J.J. Rawlings Commends Zoomlion and Other Sanitation Services Providers

Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings, former President of the Republic of Ghana has commended Zoomlion Ghana Limited and other waste management service providers for their roles in keeping the various communities clean. He said Zoomlion had improved tremendously over the last few years, from roadside waste collection to an integrated waste management solutions in Ghana.


He bemoaned the rate at which Ghanaians disposed of refuse indiscriminately with impunity without recourse to the consequences of their actions.


He said the bad environmental practices were rapidly contributing to global warming which had been pegged at a global scale of 1.5 Degrees Celsius and this would get worse if steps were not taken to avert it.


Mr Rawlings said these as a Special Guest of Honour at the climax of the 12th edition of the weeklong Annual Thanksgiving Service of Zoomlion/Jospong Group held at Zoomlion head office at Asharley Botwe near Madina last Friday.


It was on the theme: "The Lord has done great things for us” from Psalm 126:3.


According to the Former President, “the role of government in ensuring that the menace is confronted in a serious manner cannot be overemphasised”, and added that “in spite of the roles played by Zoomlion and others in refuse collection and management business, there are still heaps of refuse, choked gutters, rivers overflowing with filth and our own coastal belt doomed with a sinking amount of waste”.


Flt Lt Rawlings said available data indicated that a staggering eight million tons of plastic wastes had been dumped in the oceans worldwide as a result of bad human attitudes. According to him, this could be a recipe for disaster to loom in the near future if people did not change their attitude.


J.J. Rawlings was pleased with the establishment of Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government, to deal with sanitation issues directly and also opened up the opportunity for other businesses to participate in the waste management process to ensure fair competition that could lead to more efficient waste management practices in the country.


Mr. Rawlings proposed the adoption of community environmental vigilantism, describing it as an “absolute necessity” to protect the environment from indiscriminate dumping of wastes at unauthorised places.


 “While the government is keen in ensuring our environment is clean, we Ghanaians have to show unrelenting commitment in disposing of our waste properly and desist from dumping of refuse in our water bodies, reckless defaecation in our coastal belt and criminal dumping of bucket loads of refuse on the shoulders of our roads by irresponsible minor waste management businesses”, Rawlings opined.


The Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamekye who delivered the sermon urged politicians, the clergy and those in leadership positions to sow seeds in tears for a better Ghana tomorrow. He urged Christians to be positive change agents in their communities and be humble to achieve greatness through little beginnings and reap in joy. He said Ghanaians did not want politicians who would make supercilious promises but delivered nothing.


The executive Chairman of Zoomlion/Jospong Group, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong in an address gave the background of Zoomlion which started its operations in 2006 with the use of tricycles for waste collection and which had grown over the years to provide an integrated waste management solution from collection with ultramodern trucks to a state-of-the-art recycling plants for both solid and liquid wastes.


The event was attended by government officials including Minister for Works and Housing, Samuel Atta-Akyea, Deputy Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Michael Gyato, and Deputy Minister for Communications, George Andah. It was also attended by both Majority and Minority Leaders in Parliament and other Parliamentarians, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs). It was also attended by the clergy and cross-section of the public.


Other speakers of the five-day-event included Apostle Dr. Alfred Koduah, Area Head of Teshie Nungua Church of Pentecost,   Apostle Dr. Amos Jimmy Markin, Evangelism Director of the Church of Pentecost, Rev. Dr. Lawrence Tetteh, an International Evangelist and Bishop James Saah of Action Chapel International.


Zoomlion/Jospong Group Annual Thanksgiving Service was instituted twelve years ago to thank God for His protection and also for guiding their activities throughout the year, and to ask for His guidance and protection in the ensuing year.


To be at the forefront of the environmental sanitation service industry, by the introduction and utilization of simple but modern technologies and methods of waste management at affordable and competitive rates.



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