Zoomlion presents 500 new waste management trucks to MMDAs

The Zoomlion Ghana Limited has presented 500 new waste management trucks to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), to address the country’s waste management challenges.

The new vehicles will support the existing ones in pursuit of the vision to make Ghana the cleanest city in Africa.

Speaking in Accra on Friday at a short handing-over ceremony, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashitey said, the presentation was in response to government’s agenda towards a better health condition in the country.

He noted that having clean communities in the country depended heavily on the behavioural change of the people.

“The tendency for us to dispose of waste indiscriminately and litter the environment hinders the efforts of city managers to manage the waste generated,” Mr Ashitey stressed.

He appealed to private partners in waste management to collaborate with MMDAs to bring to bear government’s agenda to make Accra the cleanest city, in Africa.

Mr. Ashitey,  staff of waste management departments in their various MMDAs would be trained to operate the new trucks and urged them to take advantage of the training programme.

He explained that the programme would equip them with enough skills for waste management in the country.

Mr Ashitey called for a maintenance plan that would ensure that the vehicles were maintained regularly so as to sustain it.

He commended Zoomlion Ghana Limited for the presentation that was expected to augment the existing trucks for efficient refuse collection and disposal at their final sites.

The Deputy Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Michael Gyato indicated that out of an estimated population of 27 million in Ghana each citizen is estimated to generate 0.5 kilogrammes of waste per day.

According to him 60 percent of the waste were  collected daily, while 40 percent was left uncollected.

He, therefore called on industry players to improve upon their strategy to enable Ghana to  become the cleanest city in Africa.

“The industry players need to update their strategy if Ghana is to be the cleanest country in Africa by the year 2020, which is unalloyed vision of the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo ,” he said.

To achieve that, he explained that the country could convert waste to energy, waste to manure and recycling of plastic waste as strategies to achieve that status.

Mr. Ashitey stated that government would soon bring out policies that would help to improve on sanitation in the country.

The Executive Chairman of Zoomlion Ghana Limited Joseph Siaw Agyapong said their deed would create 300 direct and 1,000 indirect jobs in the MMDAs.

He explained that it was a part of their strategy to meet the growing needs of the country’s growing population and rapid urbanisation.

Mr. Agyapong called on the support and collaboration of all citizens and stakeholders in the country to keep Ghana clean.

 

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