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Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL), has begun the free distribution of bins under its ‘One Million-Waste Bin’ project in five Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the Greater Accra Region.
The MMDAs include Ablekuma North, Ablekuma South, Ablekuma Central, Okaikoi South and Krowor—all in the Greater Accra Region.
To this end, Zoomlion workers were dispatched to the five MMDAs to register households within the above MMDAs and distribute freely the waste bins to them.
Residents in these municipalities greeted the exercise with lots of excitement, especially when many of them had no receptacles to store their refuse into.
With this, Zoomlion is looking at distributing one million waste bins to households and businesses in all cities and communities across the country.
Briefing the media, the Accra Zone General Manager of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mr. Ernest Morgan Acquah, indicated that what informed their decision to embark on the free bin project was a research carried out by Jospong Group of Companies (JGC) and Zoomlion Ghana Limited, which findings identified the inadequate of waste bins in homes to store waste as one major factor of disposing garbage at unauthorized places
“So it was based on this research finding that Jospong and Zoomlion partnered some waste management companies to produce waste bins and distribute them free to homes to prevent our streets and environs from being engulfed with filth,” He pointed out.
Although Mr Morgan said the bins were free, he was quick to add that households will pay what he said was a ‘commitment fee’ of GHC20 for the registration of the waste bin.
According to him, the good thing about the waste bins is that they are fitted with Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) tags.
This, he explained, will allow the waste management companies the space to closely monitor and track the collecting of waste by its workers
“What is means, therefore, is that the waste management companies will be able to track how often waste bins get full and how regularly they are emptied,” he said.
The RFID system, he continued, will also avoid the situation where waste bins overflow and pollute the environment with its attendant health implications.
Furthermore, Mr Morgan indicated that a digital payment platform had also been installed to ensure easy payment and collection of waste.
Ecobank Ghana Limited is the financier of the $10 million project, with Universal Plastic Products and Recycling (UPPR) Ghana Limited and the Environmental Service Providers Association (ESPA) as the collaborators.
THE WA Airport which serves the travel needs and connects people to the Upper West region has been fumigated against viruses, bedbugs, mice among other disease causing organisms.
The Airport which currently receives military aircrafts, chartered flights among others was receiving commercial domestic flight until the outbreak of Covid-19 which halted its commercial operation.
The Assistant Operations Manager of the WA Airport, Mr. Mohammed Saanni Alhassan during a fumigation exercise by Zoomlion Ghana Ltd intimated that Africa World Airline’s flight landed at the Airport and began commercial operations on October 15, 2019 and had to suspend operations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He revealed that the main challenge hindering the resumption of full operation is some telecommunications masks that are interfering with the ability of the aircraft to land properly on its runway.
Mr. Ahlassan indicated that this challenge coupled with an “Apron” which is a parking space for embarking and disembarking is currently being resolved.
He appealed to the relevant stakeholders within the aviation sector to quickly resolve these issues for the people of Wa and its environs to enjoy the economic benefits that comes with the commercial flights.
He expressed his appreciation to the authorities of the Ghana Airport Company Ltd and Zoomlion for the disinfestation and disinfection exercise and called for it to be done regularly to make it safe for users and staff.
The Upper West Private Job Manager of Zoomlion, Mr. Abdulai Issahakou indicated that the company has disinfested the arrival hall, departure hall, check in counters, ticketing offices, aviation security operation offices, Mini VIP area, sterile area, snack bar, air traffic control tower, runway, tarmac among others
He said the human activities around these areas calls for disinfection and disinfestation regularly to make them same for staff and travelers who ply the Airport.
He appeal to the general public to observe the safety protocols to help minimize the cases of Covid-19
Zoomlion Ghana limited has begun another nationwide disinfection of police facilities across the country to help control the spread of covid-19 in police installations.
Police facilities such as cells, barracks, offices among others were all disinfected as part regular disinfection activities in partnership with The Ghana Police Service to help reduce the risks of infection among the security agency.
A Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) of Savannah Region, DCOP Enoch Adutwum Bediako collaborated that disinfection is one of the WHO-approved COVID-19 protocols that helps to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
He explained that regularly disinfecting of touchable surfaces and workspaces help to get rid of COVID tendencies and other infectious viruses. Thus, he commended the police service for engaging Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL) to disinfect all police facilities in the country.
Meanwhile some police facilities in the Volta Region has also been disinfected with some of the leadership calling for frequent disinfection of their facilities to help in protecting them against Covid-19 and other diseases.
Head of the Police Training School in Ho, Chief Superintendent William Yankey Acolatse, said with the knowledge that the new variant of the virus was deadlier, it was prudent to have disinfection every two months.
“We are told that the new variant is more dangerous than the old one so we need this place to be disinfected regularly to protect us here. If we get every two months, we will be happy,” he appealed.
It would be recalled that the police in May last year, launched a nationwide exercise at the Police Training School in Accra to fumigate and disinfect all 1,249 facilities of the service in the country.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr James Oppong Boanuh, who launched the exercise, said the health and safety of personnel of the service were paramount to ensuring security in the country. That exercise spanned one month
Zoomlion Ghana limited has undertaken free disinfection of homes and institutions as part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) to ensure that communities are safe and free of the havoc being wreaked by the spread of the new variant of covid-19.
It would be recalled that the Ghana Health Service recently announced a surge in Ghana's covid-19 cases and urged the public not to let their guards down.
This necessitated ZGL to embark on this all-important exercise dubbed: “Free Community Disinfection Campaign” to rid public institutions and homes off any covid-19 tendencies.
The Weeklong Campaign saw institutions such as GCB, Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, University of Ghana Medical Centre, Esidem Hospital, Headquarters of the Ghana Prisons Service, the Premier Soccer Academy, the Remah Ghana Orphanage, the National Bureau Investigations (NBI), Nsawam Prisons, among other institutions including several homes across some communities in the country.
Some Households within communities of Madina, Adenta, East legon that benefited from the Campaign expressed their satisfaction to Zoomlion Ghana Limited for the gesture which they indicated will help curb the spread of covid-19.
Mrs. Lola Asiseh Ashitey, the Project Co-ordinator for Jospong/Zoomlion Free Community Disinfection Campaign spoke to the media indicating that the week-long campaign has been very impactful as those institutions disinfected would be safe from covid-19 adding that the exercise is line with the mission of Jospong/ Zoomlion group which is to improve the lives of people and their environment.
“Every day we see this become a reality. The campaign is one of the things to showcase our mission the more. We are excited when the people are excited”, she said.
The Project Coordinator also revealed that about 3,000 disinfections have been done across the country as part of the campaign.
She hinted that the company will also be focusing more on other regions alongside Greater Accra to enable those regions benefit from the campaign.
Touching on one of the day’s disinfections, she said “We just came from the Ghana Commercial bank Headquarters. We’ve done the Zenith bank and as I speak to you, our people are at the Academy of Arts and Sciences and here we are at the University of Ghana medical centre”.
“All our buses and equipment are in the communities. We are at Nmaijor, we are in Ashaiman and Tema Newtown as I speak to you”, she added.
She advised the public to continue adhering to the protocols since Ghana is still not out of the woods yet maintaining that “ we need to complement the efforts of government and private institutions to combat the virus".
H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commissioned a $95m Integrated Composting and Recycling Plant in Kumasi aimed at processing solid waste into reusable material such as compost, plastics, metals, paper among other items
The $95m project which is located at Adagya in the Bosometwe Consituency in the Ashanti Region has capacity of receiving 2,400 tonnes of solid waste which is above the daily generation of 1,200 tonnes of waste in Kumasi.
The President said the project, which is one of the largest in Africa, comprises of one cubic metric solid waste, restaurant, a clinic, cafeteria, lecture halls, administration block, a conference hall and other auxiliary facilities.
He said the project is expected to employ 800 directs and 1,500 indirect jobs and help reduce unemployment in the country.
He indicated that the government remains committed in partnering the private sector in the area of solid waste management and thanked the Hungarian government for patterning with Zoomlion Ghana Limited.
He said the integrated plant has a 90% recovery rate, boost the economy and serve as a tourist attraction in the Kumasi metropolis.
The President task all MMDCEs to collaborate with the company in it operations and charged of the Sanitation Ministry to see to the completion of all the 16 projects across the country.
The Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw-Agyapong noted that research has shown that the Coronavirus can survive on plastic materials for five days and four days for wood, paper and glass, therefore stressing the need to properly dispose off waste materials.
He said currently Zoomlion has 6000 staff capacity with 45000 operatives under the YEA making a total of 51, 000 work force.
He pointed out that the recycling plant will help convert waste into re-useable products which will help keep our communities clean.
The Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies (JGC), Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong has signed and secured 50 million Euros from the Hungarian Government to construct liquid waste treatment plants in western, Ashanti and Northern regions respectively.
At a short ceremony which took place at the Hungary Embassy in Accra to sign an agreement to this effect, the Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong the project aims at building the needed sewerage infrastructure across the country to manage liquid waste.
He said the projects are being funded by the Exim Bank of Hungary and expected to be completed within fifteen months.
Apart from the Kumasi waste treatment plant which according to Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong was near completion, the other two which were yet to commence would be completed within schedule considering the urgency of the need of the plants for the treatment of liquid waste.
He noted that the vision of creating the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources was a laudable one which would facilitate the making of Ghana the cleanest country in Africa.
“…The country is being blessed with the relationship between Ghana and Hungary with the initiatives aimed at solving the sanitation challenges of the country”, Dr. Agyepong noted.
The Hungarian Ambassador, András Szabó noted that the Ghana-Hungarian relationship dated some five years ago, so it was not without reason that the relationship has yielded this remarkable feat.
He said the construction of the waste treatment plant means Ghana was in the process of achieving SDG goal 6 which is targeted at achieving clean water and improved sanitation.
The Director of Sanitation at the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, Ing. Anthony Mensah twho represented the sector Minister-designate, Cecilia Abena Daapah indicated that the ministry would ensure that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision of a cleaner Ghana is achieved in due course.
He commended the parties for the initiative and pledge government’s support to ensure that the projects are completed.
Zoomlion Ghana limited and its subsidiaries across all the regions have climax the week long 2020 annual thanksgiving service with a charge on its workers to thank and appreciate God all times.
Speaking on the topic “Don’t forget your humble beginnings” at the annual thanksgiving service in Nmai Dzorn in Accra today, Dr. Lawrence Tetteh of the world wide Miracle outreach lauded workers of the company for their hard work and dedication especially in the fight against Covid-19.
Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies expressed his appreciation to God for his mercies throughout the year and thanked his staff for their tireless dedication.
Dr Siaw Agyepong also revealed that the Jospong Group in 2021 will set up a dust bin production company in Kumasi and Takoradi to supplement governments efforts in getting dustbins to every part of the country as well as promote sanitation.
He also charged his workers to be law-abiding come December 7 as the country goes to the polls. “Let’s all remember that we have only one Ghana, let us promote peace as we execute our civic duty,” he said.
The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah who was the Guest Speaker at the event and was also celebrated on her 66th birthday at the service thank God for the many “miracles” in her life.
She ended her short speech by charging all Ghanaians to vote wisely and peacefully ahead of the elections and called for the peace and blessing of God for the whole nation.
Zoomlion Ghana Limited has over the years held thanksgiving service each year to thank God for his grace and support.
The 2020 event which was on the theme “Bless the Lord Oh my Soul” attracted members of the clergy, traditional leaders, Members of Parliament, Ministers of state who joined staff of the company to thank God for his mercies.
The Central Regional Minister, Mr Kwamena Duncan has cut sod to begin work on a solid waste treatment plant in the Central Region which fulfils the president’s vision of establishing such facilities in all regions of Ghana in his quest to make Ghana the cleanest country in Africa.
The central region is the latest region to get a solid waste treatment plant as work has already begun in all regions to recycle waste into re-useable products such as compost to feed the agricultural sector.
Mr. Kwamena Duncan in a short ceremony in mankessim to cut sod for the plant praised the President and Zoomlion Ghana Limited for the project while also commending the Chief of Mankesim, Nana Krampa VI, for making available a 100-acre land for the solid waste treatment plant.
The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, who was represented by Mr Kweku Quansah, disclosed that only 65 per cent of waste generation were properly disposed of in the country.
“So what happens to the 35% uncollected? That goes into our gutters causing flooding. That is why we need such facilities to process them into renewable use," he said.
He was delighted at the project, stating that “we are very excited that in the next few months this project will be operational.”
He used that chance to appeal to the people of Central Region to shun the habit of littering around “which ends up in our gutters causing flooding that is why we need such facilities,” he indicated.
The deputy Managing Director of Zoomlion, Madam Gloria Anti, said the state-of-the-art facility, when completed will provide sustainable solid waste management solutions in the country.
She commended President Akufo-Addo for his vision and commitment towards ensuring that development was equitably distributed in the country.
“His commitment and dedication to ensuring a clean Ghana is very much appreciated. We as the leading waste management company in Ghana and other parts of Africa will continue to contribute our quota to make his vision for this sector a reality,” she said.
“We at Zoomlion are committed to making sure we partner government for Ghana to become clean,” she said.
According to her, the facility is a 400-ton waste treatment facility equipped with 21st century technologies in sanitation management and it aims to provide a sustainable solution to recover and recycle over 60% of the organic fraction of the waste into compost to boost the agricultural sector and support the Planting for Food and Jobs Agenda. Other recyclable materials will also be separated and processed for reuse.
Mrs Anti revealed that Central Region generates about 990,00 waste annually, most of which goes into landfills making it hazardous to the citizenry, indicating that the facility has the potential of curbing this.
She went on to add that when completed, “the project will create 250 indirect and 75 direct jobs respectively.
For his part, the acting President of Mankessim Traditional Council, Okumanyin Adoko, expressed his commitment towards supporting the project to succeed.
It was his hope that the project will create jobs for the youth in the area to help mitigate the unemployment challenges amongst the youth.
The project is a collaboration between government and Zoomlion Ghana Limited and its partners, Komptech.
The Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies (JGC), Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, has heaped praises on its gallant workers for the role they played in safeguarding lives of people amidst the spread of covid-19
According to him, but for the timely interventions and selfless dedication of the workers of Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL), a subsidiary of JGC, even at the peril of their lives, the deadly Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) would have overwhelmed the nation.
“The advent of the pandemic has altered our usual way of doing business which means that we must also adopt strategies that will be beneficial in this dispensation,” Dr Agyepong advised.
Speaking on the theme, “Building a Formidable Future Beyond Covid-19, at this year’s (2021) JGC Leadership Conference, Dr Agyepong indicated that the theme could be achieved only if all workers with unity of purpose.
He assured staff of the group’s resolve to equip each one of them with computer literacy skills to enable them to remain relevant in tandem with the fast-growing era of digitization.
According to him, Zoomlion especially was bent on ensuring that President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo’s, vision of a cleaner Ghana is achieved.
This, he said, the company will do by making major contributions to the national development agenda, particularly in the environmental sanitation sector.
Because of that, he noted that sixteen Integrated Recycling and Composting Plants (IRECOP) in all the sixteen regions of the country would be ready this year.
He revealed that work had commenced for the construction of the Tema Waste Treatment Plant, the Sekondi-Takoradi Waste Water Treatment Plant as well as the Tamale Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Dr Agyepong said the long-awaited Kumasi Composting and Recycling Plant (KCARP) designed to process 2400 tonnes of solid waste per day had also been commissioned by the President and were now operational.
He said the company intends to invest in the construction of 16 regional offices and an initial 100 district offices to provide staff members with a comfortable working environment.
He further announced the group’s resolve to continue the implementation of what he termed, “One Million Waste Bin Project” and therefore appealed to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that every household in the country has a waste bin to store its solid waste.
Again, he reiterated his commitment to lend the company’s support to the Church of Pentecost’s Environmental Care Campaign in a bid to ensure success as done in the past two years.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cut the sod for the commencement of the construction of the Sekondi-Takoradi Solid and Liquid Waste Facility in Asaakae in the Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipal Assembly (EKMA) of the Western Region.
The project, which is going to be executed by waste management expert, Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL), and its partners–Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR), Sewerage Systems Ghana Limited (SSGL), Pureco and Komptech would serve over 2 million people in EKMA.
Speaking at a colourful but brief ceremony on August 18, 2020, President Akufo-Addo reiterated that the issue of sanitation was very important to his government.
“That is why the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources was set up and mandated to ensure proper sanitation across the country,” he said.
The EKMA solid and liquid waste treatment facilities, he said, was a testimony of the Good relations between the government and the private sector.
“It is in line with my government policy of creating an enabling environment for the private sector to bridge the infrastructure gap,” the President said.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the project when completed will help reduce the high rate of plastic and other solid waste.
“Equally important is the fact that it will provide jobs for the people, potable water, Good roads, which will help improve the water and sanitation situation in the municipality,” he said.
He urged the relevant state institutions to ensure that the construction of the project is carried out to the right specifications.
To this end, the President commended Jospong Group of Companies for its partnership with the government to improve sanitation in the country.
He again applauded the company, particularly for helping in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic in the country.
“Indeed, your efforts in the fight against COVID-19 is a patriotic intervention,” he expressed.
The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah, explained that the two waste treatment facilities will help improve and sustain the gains made in the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) space.
She said her ministry over the last three-and-a-half years has enjoyed a fruitful relations with members of the Environmental Service Providers Association (ESPA), Ghana.
She particularly signalled out Zoomlion for commendation, noting that the company has provided her outfit with pick-up to help in monitoring the environment.
She reaffirmed that her ministry will continue to pursue water and sanitation policies that will minute to the benefit of the Good people of this country.
For his part, the Western Regional Minister, Dr Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, described the project as a huge one which provide jobs to over 250 people.
While praising the President for gracing the occasion, the Executive Chairman, Jospong Group of Companies, Dr Joseph Siaw-Agyepong, disclosed that the project will sit on a 200-acre land.
He went on to add that it will comprise a 400-ton solid waste recycling and composting plant, 1000 cubic metres wastewater treatment facility to serve about 2 million people and a staff quarters that will accommodate 250 staff members.
Other facilities are a training and research centre laboratory and 7.5 kilometre road from Asaakae to the site, he said.
“When completed, it will create about 250 jobs for the indigenous and indirect jobs of 1500.”
According to Dr Siaw-Agyepong, both treatment facilities will be completed within 11 months.
“The solid waste treatment will be completed by 3 months and the liquid waste treatment will be completed by 8 months,” he revealed.
Zoomlion Ghana Limited in partnership with the Ghana Police Service has launched a nationwide fumigation and disinfection exercise at the National Police Training School in Accra to disinfect and fumigate 1,294 police stations across the country.
The exercise which is in line with the government of Ghana’s fight against Covid-19 is to ensure that all the 1,294 police stations nationwide are disinfected and fumigated to help control the spread of the coronavirus.
The event, dubbed ‘Launching of Police-Zoomlion Nationwide Fumigation and Disinfection Exercise,’ was well-attended by the Police Service Management and workers of Zoomlion, who displayed their tools ready for action.
Speaking at the event, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr James Oppong-Boanuh praised the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for putting in place measures to ensure that the frontline workers and their families are protected from contracting the coronavirus.
“I thank the President and his team who are directing the whole exercise for ensuring that frontline workers are protected from Covid-19 pandemic,” Mr Oppong-Boabuh stated.
He said the police service supported by other sister security agencies partnered with the Ghana Health Service, as frontliners to help fight this pandemic, it is therefore not surprising that a number of them came into contact with infected persons and also got infected along the line.”
“Based on this, the government has directed that all the police stations in the country are fumigated and disinfected. This exercise is going to take place simultaneously in all the sixteen regions across the country starting from the training institution where this launch is taking place.”
The IGP said this will be in preparation towards the calling of the police trainees who were being sent home due to the Covid-19.
“It is also believed that when completed, the exercise will create a more conducive and safe atmosphere for habitation and how to keep ourselves safe will depend on conforming to the preventive measure which are already being outlined by the President,” Mr Oppong-Boanuh stated.
He thanked the Chief Executive Officer of Zoomlion Ghana for his continuous support for the service dating back to partnership for clean-up exercises in the past.