President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has commended the Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies, Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, for his contributions to waste management in the country.
The President was particularly satisfied with operations of the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant, a subsidiary of Jospong Group of Companies, at Adjen Kotoku, explaining that the Plant was helping to bring to bear an efficient, modern model of sanitation disposal.
At a visit to the Plant, on Friday, 10th November, 2017, President Akufo-Addo noted that “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.”
With Greater Accra’s population estimated at between 5 million and 7 million people, the President noted that “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 Plant, the President added, “is an eye opener for me. It is about what is possible, about what collaboration can do, and what is possible, with encouragement and proper policy framework, if we have confidence in Ghanaian entrepreneurs.
“Ghanaian entrepreneurs have to be at the forefront of the social and economic transformation of the country. This sort of facility, seeing it work in detail, is extremely encouraging.”
Particularly, the President 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. If you put all of these things together, we are seeing the best kind of collaboration between the State and the private sector.”
To Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies, operators of the Plant, the President stated that “more grease to your elbow, and the contribution you are making to our social life is inestimable. We have to encourage you.”
He continued, “When you are at the forefront of doing things, like you are, you will be the subject of controversy, it goes with the territory. I know you a little bit, and I know you are capable of handling it. Stay focused.”
For 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 reality,” he added.
The Plant, Dr Siaw Agyepong said, has a designed capacity to process 600 tons 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 in 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.