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The Minister for Business Development, Dr. Awal Mohammed, has declared government’s willingness to partner the private sector to rid the city of filth and to achieve the President’s goal of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa
The Minister said this at the commissioning of the Accra Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant (AIRCP), an establishment of Jospong Group of Companies which would allow about 60 percent of waste generated within Accra to be recycled.
Dr. Awal who spoke on behalf of the Vice President praised the chairman of Jospong Group of companies for creating such initiative at the time that government has the objective of making the city the cleanest and as well creating jobs for the youth.
“It is heartwarming that in such a time, Dr. Siaw, Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies has taken the challenge to make government’s agenda come true,” he added.
He said such establishment would help promote agriculture through the “food and jobs” agenda through the manufacturing of the compost for agriculture purposes and the 1 District, 1 factory programme. He admitted that the economic transformation agenda cannot be achieved without the support of the private sector.
He urged the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to patronize the facility and also educate and sanitize the public on hygiene, and ensure the bye-laws are enforced.
The chairman of Jospong Group of companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, admired government’s positive response in supporting the private sector and making the dreams of the company materialized.
“We are therefore appreciative of government’s supportive role to the private sector,” he stressed.
Dr. Siaw announced the determination of the company to partner government in the social services to ensure clean environment and sanitation as a major way of improving the health and living conditions of Ghanaians.
“We consider our partnership with Government, environmental sanitation, as an essential social service and a major determinant for improving the health and standards of living of Ghanaians,” he stated.
He explained that to achieve the 2030 SDGs objective goal 6, it is imperative to manage our environment in a way that protects our ecosystems and build a resilient economy.
The Accra Compost and Recycling Plant (ACARP) has the capacity to process about 600 tons of waste per day and would enhance the transformational operations of Zoomlion in recycling of waste in the country.
Source: Nii Aflah Sackey