The Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr George Yaw Boakye has stated that the establishment of the Integrated Compost and Recycling Plant (IRECOP) by Zoomlion Ghana Limited will help the boost farming and agricultural production in the region.
He explained that Ahafo region is a farming area and the manure that will be produced by the facility will be a plus for the farmers and also create jobs for the youth.
Mr Yaw Boakye made the observation when the various select Committees from Parliament called on him at the Ahafo Regional Coordinating Council last Friday as part of their familiarization visit to the ongoing project sites of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of Jospong Group of Companies in some selected regions.
“It is time for Ahafo region to restore its pride as the region of foodstuffs as we are known to be. We mostly travel to Kumasi and Accra to purchase fertilizer for our farming activities so this IRECOP project is a great intervention, in that it will enable us to get fertilizer from here at a cheaper price”.
According to him, the project will be a big relief for them because it will create 2,000 direct and indirect jobs for the youth.
Besides, it will help boost food production; especially cocoa production.
“This IRECOP initiative by Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong and the Jospong Group of Companies (JGC) will help manage waste effectively in the Municipalities.
The Municipal Chief Executive Officer of the Asunafo North Municipal Assembly, Mr Osei Yaw Boahen speaking to the media stated that the municipal assembly will ensure that the project is completed on time and commended Zoomlion Ghana Limited for their effective collaboration between Chiefs and the local heads.
“The Contractors on site are working effectively to ensure timely completion of the project. I can assure you that the land has successfully being acquired with traditional Authorities so there will be no future land litigation challenges”.
The Parliamentary Select Committees on Local Government and Rural Development; Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation; Finance and Works and Housing began the visits Zoomlion project sites last Monday 11th April 2021.
A member of the Works and Housing Committee Mr, Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah also applauded the efforts of the Jospong Group in the sanitation sector.
“Sanitation has always been on the front burner of government, we said that we will make Ghana and its capital Accra, one of the cleanest cities in Africa and truth to our words we have contracted private waste management firm Zoomlion provide clean environment by managing and treating our waste”, He added
The Manager of Zoomlion in charge of the Ahafo Region Mr Edward Zigah on his part assured the Committee Members that the project will be completed on time.
“The region currently generates two hundred and forty-nine tonnes daily and the plant will be able to accommodate more the capacity of waste generated”, he added.
The Ahafo Regional Minister urged the contractors to speed up the completion of the project to empower the farmers and the youth in general.