Sunyani, the Bono regional capital which used to be adjudged the best cleanest city in Ghana is on the path to restoring its lost glory.
This is in view of the sod-cutting ceremony for the commencement of work for a modern solid waste treatment facility for the Bono Region by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo which took place at Wawasua in the Sunyani East municipality.
In her remarks to rally support for a successful execution of the project, the Bono Regional minister, Mrs Evelyn Ama Richardson said the Sunyani traditional council had already formulated plans to see to the actualization of restoring Sunyani to the best cleanest city it used to be.
The construction cf the solid waste treatment facility,she noted is one of the plans which has been made possible by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to ensure that the city is restored to its cleanest status.
The project which is being undertaken by government through the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources and Zoomlion Limited will process 400-tons of solid waste a day.
These waste will be collected from 12 districts in the region but the other benefit it is going to provide is that it will provide jobs for the youth in the region .
The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, madam Abena Dapaah who accompanied the President who is on a tour of the region to cut the sod, stressed government's determination to meet the goal six of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 which is to eradicate filth and provide clean water as well as promote good sanitation.
With a growing population of the region which currently stands at 1.168 million, the Sanitation Minister said there was the need to contain the sanitation challenges that comes with a growing population which is why government is cutting sod across the 16 regions to build waste treatments plant.
The Bono Region sod-cutting on Friday September 11,2020 follows a similar function at Fiaso in the Bono East region after both Greater Accra and Western regions saw the President cut sod for those regions for construction of similar treatment plants.
The Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies, Dr Joseph Siaw-Agyepong whose subsidiary company, Zoomlion is leading in the execution of the project indicated that when the project is completed it will process waste that can be used for plastics for domestic use as well as compost for agriculture.
When it is completed, Dr. Joseph Siaw-Agyepong further revealed that it will have a compost workshop, a workshop for sorting out the waste, an electronic waste unit ,a power distribution unit, a dressing room and an office building for managerial and administrative operations.
The plant, he indicated will also have a plastic waste recycling, a laboratory, a clinic, a weighing and a washing bay.
He expressed his gratitude to President Akufo-Addo, for creating the opportunity for Zoomlion to help in providing solutions to the sanitation and waste challenges in the country which is geared towards making Ghana a better and a cleaned country in line with his vision.
For her part, the Sunyani Dwantoa Hemaa, Nana Aboaah Boahemah, said the waste plant will further help maintain cleanliness in Sunyani, adding that it will also create employment for the youth.
The construction of the solid waste facility, she added, will reduce the burden on their old dumping site and the offensive stench it generates.
She advised citizens in Sunyani to learn how to manage their waste instead of resorting to the practice of dumping refuse indiscriminately.
A clean environment and a proper management of waste she noted will help to prevent outbreak of diseases.