325 To Get Jobs In €15m Solid Waste Treatment Facility In Bono Region

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo performing sod cutting ceremony while others look President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo performing sod cutting ceremony while others look

A total of 325 people have secured employment in the construction of a state-of-the-art technology solid waste facility at Fiaso, near Techiman in the Bono East region.

Seventy-five out of the 325 are direct jobs while the rest will be engaged indirectly up until the completion of the project which is in four months.

This follows a sod-cutting ceremony by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to kick-start the project on Wednesday of this week.

The President who was in the Bono East region for a two-day tour which ended on Wednesday cut sod for the project after performing a similar function at Assakae in the Effiakwesimin municipality of the Western region three weeks ago.

When the project is completed , eight districts will benefit from the facility.These are Kintampo North,Kintampo Central and Kintampo South.The rest to benefit are the Wenchi district ,Nkoranza North,Nkoranza South,Techiman North and Techiman South.

The Minister for Sanitation ,Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah who accompanied the President to the function, indicated that government is working to set up waste treatment facilities in all the 16 regions.

The €15 m project which is being undertaken in a public partnership arrangement ,according to the Minister should encourage other private institutions to step forward to work with government.

According to her , government will not discriminate against any private industry player and will thus collaborate with businessmen and women from the private sector to ensure that the needed enabling environment is created to see the private sector deliver.

The Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong outlined details of the project in a short remarks at the function.

He first congratulated President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo on his appointment as the Chair of the Economic Community of West Africa States(ECOWAS) at its last ordinary session .

He said it was the President's declaration of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa in addition to the setting up of the Ministry of Sanitation which helped in Zoomlion to conceive the idea to construct waste treatment plants across the country.

He said the project which is the third in a series of construction across the country will be complete in four months with locally contractors leading in the execution .

Cutting of sod for the first project,he noted was performed in April of 2019 and was followed by the Western region liquid and solid waste sod cutting ceremony in addition to that of this Wednesday's sod cutting whose funding was secured from the Exim bank of Hungary .

The project he said is expected to bring to an end the sanitation and waste disposal problems in the Bono East region,adding that the end product will see to the manufacturing of fertilizer for export.

The paramount Chief of Techiman ,Oseadeeyo Ekumfi-Ameyaw IV ,who graced the occasion praised the Zoomlion Ghana Limited for their foresight in finding solutions to waste problems in the country.

Zoomlion, he further noted have been supporting the Sanitation Committee which was formed by the Techiman Traditional Council to improve the sanitary situation in Techiman.

He called on all interested investors to follow the right channel by coming to the Council whenever they wanted lands to be properly released to them for development.

Source: By Patrick Biddah/www.theheraldghana.com