Sunday, 19 November 2017
President Akufo-Addo ‘excited’ by operations of Accra Compost & Recycling Plant

President Akufo-Addo ‘excited’ by operations of Accra Compost & Recycling Plant

By Daniel NONOR, Accra
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reposed confidence in the capabilities of Ghana’s private sector to lead the socio-economic transformation of the Ghanaian economy.

“Ghanaian entrepreneurs have to be at the forefront of the social and economic transformation of the country”, the President noted.
According to him, the excellent works being undertaken by Ghanaian entrepreneurs in various fields are a testimony that with the right and strategic partnerships with the private sector, government would be able to deliver the needed social goods.
The President made these observations when he visited the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant at Adjen Kotoku on the second day of his tour of the Greater Accra Region.
He was particularly enthused about the operations of the plant, and was confident that the plant will complement government’s efforts at delivering an efficient and modern way of waste disposal.
“What we are witnessing here is the modern way of providing service, the collaboration between the state and private sector to deliver public goods. And, in this case, the most important in any city is sanitation.”
He noted that with the rate of population growth in the city, it is important measures are put in place to ensure an efficient waste management regime that would withstand the test of time.
“If we do not have an efficient, modern way of dealing with waste disposal, then we will have a city that will have major troubles with hygiene and an egress of cleanliness.”
The President was enthused with the contributions of the plant to the economy through the export of some of its products.
He was excited “about the idea that out of here too, it is making an important contribution to our balance of payments, by being able to export products out of here to neighbouring countries and afar”.
The President congratulated Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies, operators of the plant, for a good job done, and encouraged him to remain resolute in his endeavours.
“More grease to your elbow, and the contribution you are making to our social life is inestimable. We have to encourage you.”
On his part, Dr Siaw Agyepong told the President that the company has invested some US$98 million in three different waste processing facilities across the country, employing some 700 permanent workers.
“Your presence here, Mr President, reminds us of your commitment to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa. The Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources is a first step in that commitment. We see this as a smart and achievable vision, and we are happy to make this a reality,” he added.
The plant, Dr Siaw Agyepong said, has a designed capacity to process 600 tonnes of waste per day.
The Compost and Recycling Plant is an integrated waste processing and recycling company established to receive, sort, process and recycle solid and liquid waste to produce organic compost for agronomic purposes in Ghana and West Africa.
President Akufo-Addo also visited Zoompak Ghana Limited at Achimota, which specialises in the construction and management of waste transfer stations, collection and management of healthcare waste, amongst others.
President Akufo-Addo also visited Abossey Okai, to interact with spare parts dealers and business owners, as part of his tour.
He thanked them for the support offered to him and the NPP in the run-up to the December 2016 elections, adding that “had Abossey Okai not thrown its support behind the NPP and myself, winning power would have been extremely difficult, so I am grateful to you.”
President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that his government has started to implement several of the pledges made to the Ghanaian people ahead of last year’s elections, i.e. Free SHS, the revival of the NHIS, restoration of allowances to nursing and teacher trainees, amongst others.
He reassured them that the 2018 budget, which will be read on November 15, “will make you in Abossey Okai very happy”, and thus urged them to be patient with government, stressing that all the promises made to them and Ghanaians will be fulfilled in the course of his tenure of office.

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