As part of government’s efforts at tackling sanitation issues in the country, government continues to support the construction of waste treatment plants across the country.
The latest is the reconstruction of the Tema Sewer network and the construction of a waste water and solid waste treatment plants in Tema and Ashaiman of which the President Nana Akuffo Addo has cut sod for.
Speaking during the sod cutting ceremony, President Nana Akuffo Addo said the reconstruction of the Tema Sewer Network is part of government’s policy of tackling sanitation problems with the private sector.
He praised the Jospong group for taking the initiative of venturing into the sanitation sector to help government deal with the problem.
He disclosed that the sanitation Giants have been contracted to re-engineer the dumping sites at Kpone, Oti and Kumasi as part of the efforts to deal with garbage.
In her address, the minister of Sanitation and Water Resources Mrs. Cecilia Abena Dapaah disclosed that access to Sanitation facilities have has risen from 14% in 2017 to 21% in 2019. This according to her is a sign of government’s commitment to tackling the sanitation needs of the country.
Appealing to Ghanaians to retain the governing NPP in power Mrs. Dapaah said, “I know our president is a caring president who is interested in making sure the vulnerable are taken care of. In that regard I appeal to you to give the president another term to continue with his good works”.
Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong on his part praised the government for the political will to find an African solution to the sanitation problem of the country.
According to him over 95% of workforce for the construction of the projects will be Ghanaians.
Dr. Agyepong disclosed that the project will be completed within 18 months and that everything is ready for work to start. He said, ” everything is ready for work to begin and within 18 months it will be completed. Some visibility studies have been done, the project office is ready, equipment and our partners are all ready for the work to proceed”.
The projects which is being undertaken by the Jospong group will see the reconstruction of the Sewerage network in Tema to help tackle the disposal of household waste from the only planned city in West Africa.
It will also see to the construction of two plants at Tema and Ashaiman to treat waste water and solid waste respectively.
Benefits of the Tema Sewer Project
The project will among other things provide over 1700 jobs during construction and 500 permanent jobs after construction.
It will also help raise revenue for development as more residents and businesses will be willing to hook up to the system and also pay for the services rendered.
Aside that the composting plant attached will help in producing compost for agricultural purposes.
Benefits of waste water and solid waste treatment plants
The two projects will help in the clean Ghana policy of the government as solid waste which has become a big issue for the various assemblies will be tackled through recycling which the plant wi be doing.
Waste water will also be recycled and reused for various purposes including agriculture and a host of others.