President Akufo-Addo, has cut sod for the construction of the first ultra-modern solid waste treatment plant yesterday in the Eastern Region.
The plant, located at Effiduase near the regional capital Koforidua in the New Juaben North municipality, is an initiative of the JOSPONG group of companies, owners of waste management organization, Zoomlion.
It is be completed in four months time, after which the plant will receive various waste from all the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies in the region for recycling into fertilizer, waste bins and many others.
It follows, the completion and Commissioning of Ashanti Regions own plant by the President at Bosomtwi last Monday.
So far, sod has been cut for some five other regions namely, Ahafo, Bono, Bono East, Western and Western North Regions and they are to be completed at record time.
The initiative by the company, which is being partnered by the government, through the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, was started with the first one in the Greater Accra Region located at Agyin Kotoku near Medie many years ago.
Speaking at the ceremony yesterday, President Akufo-Addo, said the initiative is aimed at ensuring his commitment to make Accra the cleanest city in Accra.
He commended highly the contribution and efforts of the Executive Director of JOSPONG group of companies, Joseph Siaw Agyapong in the sanitation business.
The President tasked Mr Siaw Agyapong to ensure all the 16 regions get one each of the plant to curb insanitary conditions in the country.
Mr Siaw Agyapong on his part, thanked the President for partnering the company and directing that all the regions, have their share of the project.
He revealed, the President has asked that, the project be completed in four months, adding they are committed and willing to deliver as agreed.
Mr Siaw Agyapong, said the construction of the plants in all the 16 regions forms part the President's agenda to create jobs and opportunities, especially for the youth.
After completion of the plant, a total of 75 people will be employed, after which 250 more will be brought on board.
Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, charged the youth that will be employed in the facility to be committed and work hard for the benefit of all.
Madam Dapaah, pleaded with the chiefs and people to support the initiative to achieve it desired intention.
She said the establishment of these plants nationwide, show the President's determination and commitment to have all Ghanaians live in very clean environment and also stay healthy and strong.
Chief of Effiduase, Okoawia Dwomo Baabu II, thanked the President for sitting the plant in that area, adding his contribution over the last four years and the period before becoming President, are highly appreciated.
He was particularly grateful for the governing New Patriotic Party's policies like One District One Factory (1D1F), One Village One Dam (1V1D), Free Senior High School (SHS), Planting for Food and Jobs and many others, saying they are being enjoyed in every part of the country. The next region is the Upper East Regional capital, Bolgatanga.