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The Jospong Group of Compnaies (JGC) owners of the Sewerage Systems Ghana Limited is generating about 500 kilowatts of power out of its liquid waste treatment plant in Accra.
This was disclosed by the Executive Chairman of JGC, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong at the 2020 Jospong Leadership Conference organised at the Pentecost Convention Center, Gomoa-Fetteh in the Central Region.
Sewerage Systems Ghana Limited is a subsidiary of waste management giants Zoomlion Ghana Limited and is into the construction of liquid waste facilities and treatment of faecal matter in Ghana.
Through its green revolution programme, it now successfully generates about 500 kilowatts of green power which may be useful to augment energy generation in Ghana.
He said similar facilities are being constructed in Kumasi, Tamale, Takoradi and Sunyani among others which will provide safe reception and treatment of liquid waste among others.
Addressing management and staff of his over forty subsidiary companies, the elated Entrepreneur expressed gratitude to God who he described as his Chief Executive Officer (CEO), advisory board, management and staff of his companies.
He said it was in 2006 that God revealed the vision to him to provide solutions to existing waste problems in Ghana. "It was then that we started innovating various technologies and mechanisms which is now providing an integrated approach to waste management and has replaced the hitherto haphazard solid waste disposal and liquid waste that was dislodged directly into the sea leading to Ghana being scored 7th dirtiest country in the world.
Dr. Agyepong recounted how the company Zoomlion was formed and got the support of former President John Agyekum Kuffour through the tricycle concept which has evolved to become the leading waste management company in West Africa.
The waste management entrepreneur said his focus now is to build modern waste management technologies and infrastructure across Ghana to help achieve the President's vision of making Accra and Ghana the cleanest in Africa.
He expressed gratitude to all former presidents of the fourth republic and H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who have all shown key interests in the waste management agenda of the country.
"In responding to Nana Addo's vision to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa, we researched and developed the IRECOP concept which processes over 400 tonnes of waste a day currently operating in Accra and being replicated in the regions.
He commended the Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric K. Nyamekye and members for the effective collaboration in ensuring a clean environment through a project dubbed "environmental care campaign"last year.
He also thanked the National Chief Imam, Dr. Sheik Nuhu Sarabutu and all other Imams for their prayers for the Jospong brand.
Rev. Dr. Sam Adeyemi a renowned Nigerian preacher and leadership coach advised Ghanaians to take responsibility of identifying and setting goals with regards to current trends to dealing with their problems because change was inevitable.
He said one must set goals strategically and believe in them and God will make them come to fruition.
He urged leaders never to run away from problems but rather run towards them and find solutions for their change.
A Commissioner of Police (COP), Nathan Kofi Boakye advised leaders to have succession plans and ensure that they identify leaders among their staff and groom them to take over.
He asked leaders to avoid protester and prisoner types of staff because they do not bring improvement to their organizations
Waste management expert, Zoomlion Ghana limited has displayed its integrated waste management solutions to world leaders at the tenth session of the World Urban Forum organized in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The company which has been lauded for its sustainable approach to urban sanitation management in a presentation demonstrated to the world leaders and participants how technologies are being deployed to provide sustainable total waste management solutions.
Engineer Ahmed Issahaku, Head of Laboratory and Research of Sewerage Systems Ghana limited, a subsidiary of Zoomlion Ghana limited who delivered the presentation highlighted the various compost and recycling plants, faecal treatment plants, medical waste treatment facilities, temporal haulage centers for solid waste, provision of technologically enabled waste bins as some of the innovations being deployed in the communities of Ghana by Zoomlion and its subsidiaries to help sustainably manage the increasing rate of waste generation as a result of the rapid urbanization.
He said effective urban sanitation management is critical to public health as the increasing rate of people moving to urban centers demands increased waste management and sanitation infrastructure that meets the unique needs of its people.
A Research Director at Zoomlion Ghana limited, Dr. Kofi Sekyere Boateng who also spoke as panelist at the forum on the topic “Development of municipal capacities for urban solid waste management: strengthening the circular economy and climate protection in cities” indicated that improper solid waste management has a negative impact on climate change hence the need to adopt the integrated recycling and compost plants in communities as being done by Zoomlion in Ghana.
The Secretary General of the UN Habitat, Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif in an address pointed out that, sustainable urbanization should be a reality.
She encouraged countries present to adopt the culture of change which is a critical element in urban development. ‘What worked yesterday may not work today. We must differentiate between culture of the people and the culture of the nation”, she stated.
The tenth session of the World Urban Forum was themed “Cities of opportunities, connecting culture and innovation”.
The theme was aimed at harnessing potentials for investment opportunities, learning from best practices, sharing success stories and innovations in the environment and sanitation space.
The Jospong Group of Companies and waste management firm, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, have climaxed the 2019 edition of their joint annual thanksgiving services.
The week-long thanksgiving was held under the theme: “Because of the Lord’s Great Love, We Are Not Consumed…. Lamentations 3:22”.
This year’s Thanksgiving attracted several politicians, traditional rulers, and renowned men of God including Apostle A.N.Y Kumi-Larbi, Apostle Samuel Nana Yaw-Agyei, Rev. Dr. Steven Wengam, Apostle Dr. Alfred Koduah, and Apostle General Sam Korankye-Ankrah, Sylvester Mensah, Samuel Atta-Akyea, Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, Chairman of the NDC, former Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe-Adjaho, MPs.
Apostle General Sam Korankye-Ankrah in a sermon at the spirit-filled climax, observed how inspite of all the ills in Ghana, God has been merciful, compassionate and faithful to the country.
Preaching from the book of Lamentations, he bemoaned the several ills in Ghana including envy, hatred, and deliberate ploy to destroy citizens like Dr. Joseph Siaw-Agyapong who are contributing meaningfully to the development of Ghana.
He stated that God has been lamenting about the political polarization in Ghana, the ‘unholy’ state of the church and growing division and disunity among traditional leaders.
According to him, instead of preaching the wise counsel of God, pastors in Ghana were busy showing off their wealth.
Mr. Atta-Akyea, in his remarks, noted some of the challenges that have confronted Dr. Siaw-Agyapong were not surprising because he is a man with divine assignment.
“No great man with divine assignment will go through life without troubles,” he said as he made reference to temptations faced by great men in the Bible.
The Jospong Group of Companies and Zoomlion Ghana accordingly have Godliness as one of their key values. It is gainst this backdrop that the annual thanksgiving services was introduced.
The services date back to 1995 with the establishment of the Jospong Printing press, and have grown over the years to become a mega spiritual event.
Jospong Group disinfect all its offices against COVID-19
The Jospong Group of companies, owners of waste management giant Zoomlion Ghana limited as began massive disinfestation exercise in all offices of its over forty companies to help minimise the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
The Vector Control unit of Zoomlion who are undertaking the disinfestation and fumigation activities in all of its corporate offices, subsidiaries and high risk residences of its expatriate workers across the country were busily disinfecting and fumigating rooms, door handles, toilet facilities, reception and floors with spraying machines using recommended alcohol based disinfectants and other chemical products.
The Deputy Head of the Vector Control Unit of Zoomlion, Mr Abel Djangmah explained in an interview that the company is in constant touch with the technical advisory committee members of the vector control unit drawn from the medical, environmental and entomological fields on recommended chemical products to be used in this critical time.
He said Vehicle mounted fogger machines were being used in fogging disinfectant into open spaces in the company premises with mechanized road sweeper vehicles filled with sanitizing chemical product was also used in sanitizing the compound of its companies.
Mr. Djangmah added that management is putting in place safety measures in order to ensure that its workers are protected against the coronavirus outbreak.
In the meantime, the company have placed Veronica buckets filled with water at all vantage points of the company premises to ensure staff regularly washes their hands and sanitizers positioned for constant disinfecting.
Waste management giant, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, has launched its maiden safety week with a call on workers to adhere to the company’s health and safety regulations.
The week-long celebration, which was launched at the company’s head office in Accra on Monday, is on the theme, “Promoting a Safety Culture through Best Safety Practices.”
Deputy Managing Director of Zoomlion, Mrs Gloria Opoku Anti, said due to the frightening global statistics of injuries at the workplace, the company has shown strong commitment in developing a sustainable safety culture for workers.
“According to the 2017 research by the International Labour Organization, at least 7,671 people die every day at the work place from injuries they sustain in line of duty and close to 374 million non-fatal injuries are also recorded, so it is important to adopt the best safety practice to protect lives and properties,” she said
She added that even though her outfit recognizes that general safety is an individual responsibility, the company has rolled out “world class” safety regulations and provided the necessary safety equipment to enable workers effectively discharge their duties.
Zoomlion, according to Mrs Opoku Anti, would focus on building knowledge, capabilities and raise awareness for workers to enable them to recognize and eliminate risks before they advance to more serious incidents like accidents.
She also urged work colleagues to look out for each other.
“To enable us avoid the spread of disease and manage the stress levels of workers, we have invested heavily in our safety management by meeting the international requirement and systems,” she added.
“At Zoomlion, we have over 4,000 fleet of vehicles and to avoid regular vehicular accidents, the necessary steps have been taken to prevent that”.
Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs at Zoomlion, Emma Akyea-Boakye, said measures have been put in place for employees to ensure they put safety first.
She used the opportunity to unveil the company’s 10 safety rules to improve safety awareness at Zoomlion and other subsidiaries of the Jospong Group of Companies.
Addressing the media, Health and Safety Consultant, Atta Abboah, disclosed that an 18-member committee has been formed to ensure that all safety regulations are strictly adhered to.
“In order to ensure that all four characteristics of health and safety regulations are observed, we have decided to form a committee to conduct a general inspection on the third Thursday of every month to eliminate accidents in the company,” he added.
He added that during the week-long celebration, medical screening, firefighting training and stress management activities would be organized to raise awareness among workers.
Waste Management Company, Zoomlion Ghana limited has urged the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to lead the charge for households in the country to get waste bins to help effectively collect waste.
The Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mrs. Emma Akyea-Boakye who made the appeal to the MMDAs and the general public at the 24th Ghana International Trade Fair organized in Tamale in an interview stated that there are huge volumes of uncollected waste in the system which these waste bins can help collect.
She said these uncollected waste ends up at unauthorized places such as drains, streets, public parks among others which is a public health concern considering the onset of rains as we are about to experience the raining season.
Mrs Akyea-Boakye was optimistic that the waste bin distribution project is very critical in sustaining Ghana’s gains in ensuring that the country becomes one of the cleanest in the sub-region.
Meanwhile the company exhibited its integrated waste management solutions services and other innovative products being undertaken in the northern region at the 24th Ghana International Trade fair organized at the Aliu Mahama Sports stadium in Tamale.
Patrons who visited the Zoomlion Ghana Limited’s stand were impressed with the various state-of-the-art infrastructure integrated recycling and composting plants being established to help convert waste into compost to feed the agriculture sector.
The 11-day fair was on the theme “Value Addition, trading globally” attracted over 600 exhibitors from Ghana, the sub-region, Madagascar, India, Guinea, Italy, Angola, Gambia among others.
The fair aimed at promoting value added products, connecting local industries to international partners, as well as encouraging people to patronize made-in-Ghana products.
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has held its Inaugural Joseph Siaw Agyepong Distinguished Lecture on Public Health in Africa.
This is in honour of the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies, Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, for his initiatives, contributions to, and impact on the Public Health Sector in Ghana.
The inaugural lecture was delivered by the Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention under the African Union, Dr John Nkengasong, with a call on African leaders and health experts for a new public Health order in Africa that looks at the totality of the dynamics of the Public Health Delivery in Africa.
He said a new order in Public in Africa calls for the “Strengthening systems for health and health systems”, through the strengthening of African Public Health Institutions and the capacity of African Public Health workforce as well as encouraging local manufacturing of essential drugs that makes medication cheaper and easily accessible to citizens of the continent.
Dr Nkengasong, who also served as the acting deputy principal director of the Centre for Global Health, United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and Chief of the International Laboratory Branch, Division of Global HIV and TB of the same institution, called for an enhanced culture of data through acquisition, warehousing, use, and sharing of such data.
He also called for the development of public private philanthropic partnership in the sector to provide more investment in national public health institutions to proffer lasting and sustainable solutions to Africa’s public health problems.
Dr Nkengasong hinted at some of the measures being put in place by the Centres for Disease Control and other health institutions in preparation to contain the looming dangers of the Covid-19 pandemic on the continent including a Multi-Sectoral Enhanced Surveillance Training as well as Risk Communication among others.
In his introductory remarks, Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong expressed his appreciation to the Harvard Centre for African Studies which initiated the lectures through the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Harvard Medical School to provide a platform for dedicated health experts from many disciplines to share their work and experience in the field.
“There is a strong correlation between public health and economic development. In other words, a country’s economic development depends on the health of its people”…“If we don’t take the health of the people seriously, we jeopardise the development of the country. It is no secret that using sanitation alone to predict life expectancy has about 77 per cent accuracy,” Dr Siaw Agyapong remarked.
He enumerated some of the interventions his companies have made in ensuring the prevention of sanitation-related diseases and improving air quality mainly in Ghana and other parts of Africa. These include solid and liquid waste collection and treatment, as well as the dredging of major drains in Ghana which has gone a long way to resolve age-old environmental sanitation problems and improved the quality of life in the affected communities.
Dr Agyepong commended the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for his commitment to Environmental Sanitation and for creating the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources to deal with sanitation issues and subsequently improve public health.
“It is my passion for public health that drove me to endow this lecture series on public health in Africa. It is my firm belief that this lecture and subsequent ones will educate new generations of global health leaders, and contribute to finding lasting and sustainable solutions to improve the health and well-being of Africans.
The Oppenheimer Director of the Harvard University Centre for African Studies, Professor Emmanuel Akyeampong, commended Dr Agyepong for being a strong supporter of the Centre for African Studies “and the work you do in Ghana that influences public health as well as supporting this lecture, which will bring great thought leaders on the topic of public health in Africa and ensuring that Africa is at the front and centre of global public health conversations taking place at the university”.
The Dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Prof. Michelle A. Williams, noted that while great strides have been made in prevention, detection and containment of existing and emerging diseases, “we know that our healthcare systems are still alarmingly vulnerable. That’s true in the wealthiest and most developed places on earth—and even more so in places with limited, disjointed or overburdened healthcare systems.”
“Recent pandemics underscore the urgent imperative of a sweeping, coordinated response between governments, international organisations, NGOs, and the broader public health community. That means building stronger public health systems that can detect and contain diseases. It also means better coordination across local governments—and national ones too. And it will mean accelerating research and development into diagnostic tools, vaccines and treatments,” she added
In another development, the Harvard University presented a Veritas Key to Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, inducting him into the Veritas Society. The Veritas Society is a group of Harvard’s most generous alumni and friends.
The University Marshal, Dr Margot Gill, on behalf of Harvard University, presented him with a silver key inspired by the original set of keys given to Harvard in 1846 and designed exclusively for the members of the Veritas Society.
She said: “It is a unique keepsake that I hope will allow you to fondly reflect on your Harvard experience and feel proud of the important role you play in ensuring that Harvard continues to be a place of discovery for people leading positive change in the world and in Africa.”
Earlier, Dr Agyepong signed the official Visitation Book at the office of the University Marshal, a book signed by sitting Presidents and distinguished visitors to the school.
Staff of Zoomlion and the Jospong Group of Companies have embarked on a three-hour intensive walk from Ayi Mensah to Peduase Lodge.
The staff upon climbing the mountain with determined walk were treated to intensive aerobics led by Ghana's Fitness Ambassador, BeaDeBuly.
A Senior Communications Officer of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mr. Francis Atayure Abirigo, underscored the need for corporate entities to incorporate periodic wellness and fitness programs to enhance the health of their staff members.
He said Zoomlion and the Jospong Group leadership have inculcated the habit of ensuring that in time intervals staff are taken through such exercises to enhance output and good health at all times.
Mr. Abirigo urged the staff to henceforth imbibe the culture of keeping fit by exercising in their individual capacities even when there is no corporate activity at weekends.
He encouraged the staff to patronize the Thursday Keep Fit aerobics organised under the auspices of the Zoomlion Human Resource Department every Thursday.
The trainer, BeaDeBuly said regular exercises are the only way a person can keep healthy and live long and therefore encouraged the staff to use it as their medicine.
She said she has the mandate of Zoomlion to establish regional keep fit clubs across Ghana to encourage healthy lifestyles among the staff and urged the regional staff to get ready for the heat.
A prayer Committee Organizer, Elder Albert Narh at the Chaplaincy Department of the Jospong Group of Companies urged staff not to just keep fit but to keep fit and believe and act in the manner that God will continue to protect them.
He believes with the God factor every human will leave longer and healthier.