New faecal treatment plant to be inaugurated tomorrow

IMG-2016In a bid to address the country’s waste management issues, a new faecal treatment plant that converts faecal matter into energy will be inaugurated at Korle-Gonno in Accra tomorrow.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Jospong Group of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times on Saturday, on the sidelines of the first graduation ceremony of the KNUST-African Institute of Sanitation and Waste Management in Accra.

He said the new plant would generate about 500 kilowatts of energy to supplement the national grid.

Ghana, over the past five years, had faced a power crisis, popularly known as “dumsor”, leading to calls for investment in alternative sources of generating power such as solar and biogas.

Recently, the Director of Operations at the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Tetteh Ankamah Okyne, attributed the current inconsistent power supply to activities of vultures and other birds which made it difficult to address the problem.

Dr. Agyepong noted that the new faecal treatment plant would augment efforts to completely close down the infamous Lavender Hill which had been a dumping site for untreated human excreta into the sea, and posed serious health hazards to the citizenry.

“For more than 100 years, we have been using the Lavender Hill to dispose liquid waste and it has been a disturbing issue for all governments to close down the site, considering the danger it poses on our people,” he stated.

Dr.Agyepong believed that the coming in of the new treatment plant would help retain money in the country for other developmental projects, stressing that “good environmental sanitation, good health and longevity are inseparable key drivers of a nation’s productive machinery.

“Nations that realised these facts centuries ago and paid attention to their sanitation problems are now termed as advanced countries. The populations of those countries live longer and they have higher per capita income,” he added.

Dr. Agyepong underscored the need to build human resource capacity to provide integrated and attainable solutions to solve sanitation and waste management problems in the West African sub-region.

He said Zoomlion, which currently operated in seven West African countries, would continue to champion the sanitation cause to make the sub-region a centre of excellence in sanitation and waste management issues.

 

By Luther King Owusu-Amoah

 

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