The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, as part of his two – day tour of the savannah region commissioned an Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant in Damongo, in the Savannah Region on Wednesday, 24th August, 2022.
Addressing chiefs and people of the Savannah region at a ceremony before commissioning the project, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo indicated that one of the major problems Ghana has had is the issue of waste collection and waste disposal.
“It has been a perennial problem for our country. But, fortunately, for me, in my time, I came across a man who was prepared to partner with government to deal with the question of waste disposal in our country. And it has been one of the highlights of my government – the partnership that the government has made with the Jospong Group of Companies, headed by its Executive Chairman, Joseph Siaw Agyepong,” he said
He thanked Joseph Siaw Agyepong for his contribution to the development of the country and added that, his government is ever ready assist any serious businessman that has a programme for development in any sector and seeking the partnership and surport of his government to aid the development of the country.
The Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of companies, Mr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong on his part explained that, the Integrated Recycling And Compost Plant in Damongo will process 400 metric tons of municipal solid waste daily, 200 tons of compost and will receive, sort, process and recycle solid waste to produce organic compost for agronomic purposes in the sub-region.
He further explained that some of the plants also possess medical waste treatment facilities to treat and safely dispose medical waste, adding that “other recoverable materials of the recycling process which include plastics and metal scraps will serve as input materials for the steel and plastic manufacturing sectors.”
He commended the President for his visionary leadership, and support towards the establishment of the compost plant, which he said will have the capacity to produce about 4,000 of 50kg compost daily and will serve as a hub for waste haulage from Buipe, Daboya, Bole, Damongo and sawla – Tuna – Kalba
It is this regard that “we have to be appreciative of your visionary leadership, your passion and dedication in the environmental and sanitation sector and the private sector development, that has positioned Ghana as ahead of most developing countries when it comes to innovation and creation of solutions that deal with sanitation challenges.”
On the progress of work in the other regions, he said “we are also happy to report that in the Northern sector of the country, the sites situated in Tamale, Nalerigu, Wa and Bolga have reached advanced stages of construction and setup. Mr President, in Nalerigu, the plants have been fully installed and undergoing finishing works to make it totally complete as being witnessed here today. In the Upper West Region, Wa, the construction has been completed and awaiting installation of machinery.”
It will be recalled that on 31st October 2020, President Akufo-Addo cut the sod for the commencement of work on the construction of the Damongo Plant, a project being undertaken by Jospong Group of Companies, in partnership with Government, to help find a permanent solution to waste management in the country.