The sod cutting for a multi dollar solid and liquid treatment plant for the Western region, has aggressively taken place.
Located at Assakae in the Effiakwesimintimi Municipal Assembly of the region, the plant is to serve two million residents.
The part of the plant, which will treat solid waste will be completed in three (3) months and will be able to process 400 tons of solid waste .
Similarly, the part of the plant which will see to the completion of the solid waste ,will be done in eight (8 ) months with an estimated capacity to process liquid waste to about 1000 cubic metres.
The sod cutting is the first of many more plants to be set up, in other regions before the close of the year.
President Akufo-Addo, who performed the sod cutting ceremony on Wednesday, noted that the construction is in line with the government's agenda of ending environmental degradation.
The plant, he further noted would help to promote the use of organic fertilizer, since the compost will be processed for that purpose.
According to the President , the setting up of the plant is the first step, towards using waste in producing power in the country as it is done in othercountries.
Sanitation, the President stressed is important to his government which is the reason he set up the Ministry for Sanitation to coordinate the activities of sanitation related challenges.
The project which is costing €60 million, was a loan secured from the EXIM bank of Hungary, which was put together by the state and the private sector.
With the expected completion of the plant, the President urged the contractors to work towards a timely completion whist asking them to make sure they follow all the safety and regulatory specifications.
The Group Chairman for Zoomlion Group of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepomg, whose company is leading the construction of this facility in a Private Public Partnership (PPP), gave the other benefit of the project, aside solving the waste problem in the region .
In his words, about 250 direct jobs will be created as a result of the plant with additional 1500 jobs expected to be created indirectlyas well.
The facility which is sitting on a 200 acre land will also see to the construction of a 7.5 kilometres of road from the Sekondi –Takoradi city to the project site at Assakae which is in the Kwesimintim constituency.
According to Dr. SiawAgyapong, not only is the plant going to treat waste but is also going to have a training and research center laboratory.
In all of these positive development about the project , the contractors who are undertaking the project are all local contractors which according to Dr. Siaw Agyepong is an attestation of the 'Ghana Beyond Aid' drive.
Dr. Siaw Agyepong, who received the President's commendation for equally leading the fight against Covid-19, through the disinfection of the various institutions, equally thanked the President for showing leadership under the circumstance.
The chief of Apramdu, Egya Nana Kwamena XI, who spoke on behalf of the Ahanta traditional area, announced the preparedness of the chiefsto make available more lands for the setting up of a vocational and technical training center to train indigenes to feed the plant.