In a successful collaboration, Sewerage Systems Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of the Jospong Group’s Environment and Sanitation division, joined forces with Pureco KFT-Hungary to inaugurate the Sekondi-Takoradi Fecal Sludge Management Plant in Asaake, situated in Ghana’s Western region.
Speaking at the commissioning the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okeyere Darko-Mensah noted that only 10% of fecal waste collected in the region is treated, which implies that the 90% of the fecal waste collected in the municipality is dumped into the environment untreated hence this a very welcoming news to have another facility to boost the existing one which is obviously over stretched.
He further stated that Sekondi-Takoradi is the third most densely populated city in Ghana with an annual average growth of 3.2% and the majority of urban households depend on on-site sanitation systems. The waste disposal site at Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis area which is located at Sofokrom-Essipon hosts both the waste water and municipal solid waste sites.
“This facility is aimed at significantly improving the environmental conditions of the city and also decrease level of contamination in the ground and surface water, achieve good hygiene conditions as well as create employment for the teeming youth in the region” he added. He emphasised that the Plant will significantly improve the living conditions of the inhabitants and increase living standards in the region.
Executive Chairman of Jospong Group, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong on his part noted that the project was inspired by the President Nana Addo’s vision of making the country the neatest in Africa. He also commended the former minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Dapaah and Western Regional Minister for their immersed contribution towards the success of the project.
The CEO of Pureco KFT-Hungary, Ballint Horvath, in his remark, noted that fecal topics are not glamorous topics, but its significance cannot be over emphasized. He further noted that the project meets high international standards and safety protocols. Mr. Tristan Azbej, the State Secretary from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Hungary, graced the event as the Guest of Honor. In his address, he described the commissioning of the project as a momentous occasion to celebrate the remarkable partnership between Ghana and Hungary.
“It’s an achievement based on fellowship and professional commitment of both countries. Through this partnership we are inaugurating the facility built on Hungarian technology.” He invited Ghana to explore other partnerships for the development of the country. “Though we far apart in distance, we have common values and culture and we are ready to support Ghana for the benefit of its citizens,” he observed.