Ghana’s leading waste management group, the JOSPONG Group of Companies has cut sod for the construction of a modern liquid and solid waste treatment facility at Gbalahi in the Sagnarigu municipality of the northern region.
The project will cost €20 million and expected to be completed within 12 months.
The Chief Operating Officer of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Madam Florence Larbi said at the sod cutting ceremony that about 75 direct and 200 indirect jobs would be created when the facility is completed.
She noted that the first facility is a 200 tons waste treatment plant to provide a sustainable solution to recover and recycle over 60% of organic fraction of the waste generated in the region into compost.
This, according to her, will improve the agricultural sector and support the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs intervention.
Mrs. Larbi added that the Waste treatment Plant presents the most suitable alternative to landfill waste disposal, deploying the latest technologies in sanitation management.
She said the Tamale Waste Water Treatment Plant on the other hand will process about 1000 cm3 of liquid waste daily, indicating that although Tamale currently generates between 400 to 500 cm3 (cubic meters) per day.
She explained the aim of Zoomlion is to build the facility to a capacity that will serve Tamale and the adjoining communities such Savelugu, Nanton, Tolon, Kumbungu, Mion and beyond.
Madam Florence commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah for the unflinching support the government has given to the JOSPONG Group of Companies and its partners.
For his part, the Northern Regional Minister, Mr Salifu Sa-eed underscored the impact of such critical infrastructure development in the region in job creation and reduced the high rates of plastic pollution and other insanitary conditions particularly in the regional capital that would ultimately boost the health status of the inhabitants.
He added the government would ensure the construction of some social amenities such as road infrastructure connecting the community to the central business area, extension of electricity and potable water to complement the construction of the treatment plant.
Mr. Salifu Sa-eed said the Akufo-Addo administration remains committed to providing access to potable water and sanitation service to transform the economy and fight against diseases in the country.
Ghana SDG targets
He emphasised the execution of the project is consistent with the objective of President Akufo-Addo to achieve the sustainable development goals (3), (8), (11) and (13) which promote Good health and Wellbeing, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Sustainable Cities and Communities and Climate Action respectively as Co-Chair of the United Nations SDG Committee.
The minister urged the traditional authority to maintain the existing peace in the region and give the government their full support to enjoy more development.