Government's commitment to rid the country of filth and make the national capital the cleanest city in Africa, has been boosted with the unveiling of new fleet of waste management trucks, by waste management company, Zoomlion.
The 101 waste management trucks and 25 disinfection trucks unveiled by President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday June 08, 2021 at the Independent Square in Accra, are the first batch of trucks to support the agenda.
The introduction of the trucks, forms part of some 500 trucks expected to arrive in Ghana with modern technology and well-trained drivers to boost the already existing fleet of waste management trucks.
The expectation is that this would culminate in improved sanitation.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, the president said the procurement of the 101 waste management trucks, would augment the existing fleet of vehicles to improve waste collection and transportation in the country.
He said the move is to help government achieve World Health Organization's (WHO) Sustainable Development Goals 3, 6, 8, 11, and 13.
He said his administration "will continue to create the enabling environment for private sector players, to help provide sustainable programmes and support to develop the country.
Today, all over the world, the integrated waste management approach has been embraced as one of the appropriate technologies in the management of waste".
Very impressed President Akufo-Addo, said "I commend Zoomlion Ghana limited which has been at the forefront of waste management in the country to giant stride to the statement so far.
I encourage the company to continue with it good work and help support the government make the country clean and achieve the clean Ghana agenda".
Executive Chairman of JOSPONG Group of Companies, Joseph Siaw Agyapong, praised highly, the contribution of the President in the sector, saying out of the 41 waste processing plants in the country, 38 of them were constructed under his leadership.
"This means that since independence, your tenure has seen the most accelerated expansion in our waste processing facilities. Therefore, you deserve commendation; and we applaud you immensely", he said.
Mr Agyapong continued " In support of your agenda of making Ghana clean, and thanks in large measure to your policies regarding private sector participation in waste management, Zoomlion has secured funding from our partners SCANIA and other financial institutions (ABSA, Ecobank, Zenith, Stanchart) for the procurement of Five Hundred (500) new waste trucks at the cost of 40 MILLION EUROS and 5000 units of multi-purpose tricycles at the cost 10 MILLION DOLLARS to augment the current fleet available to the Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) across the country to enhance their collection of solid waste".
He said these initiatives were made possible by the President's tremendous support and the partnership of his government with the private sector to make Accra, the cleanest city in Africa.
According to him, some fifty (50) women are also being trained together with their men counterparts at the Ghana Armed Forces Supplies and Transport Training School, on defensive driving and effective operation of the trucks.
Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, enumerated the various the various interventions by the President as far as her sector was concerned.
Madam listed some of them as his decision to put funds into sanitation, saying he is "The only president (I have checked so far around the world), that has given free water to all Ghanaians the whole year and you continue to do so for the vulnerable in our society, given us a life budget known as sanitation and pollution.
She said the introduction of the levy was a very laudable achievements and "I must say that you have put your money where your mouth is.
Sanitation is so dear to your heart that every time you see the Minister for Water Resources, then you remind her of your promise to make Accra, the cleanest city and make Ghana a clean country".