President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has unveiled 101 waste management trucks and 25 disinfection trucks secured by Zoomlion Ghana Ltd, at a ceremony in Accra on Tuesday.
The trucks are going to be used to cart waste from the country’s business districts and communities to landfill sites, waste treatment facilities, as well as help in the ongoing disinfection exercises of spaces and institutions that have been rolled out since the onset of COVID-19.
The procurement of the trucks by Zoomlion, the President said, “is a clear manifestation of the commitment of progressive elements in the private sector to partner with the government to deliver quality infrastructure that would help address the waste management situation in the country.
President Akufo-Addo said rapid population growth, with its consequent increase in human activities at the residential, commercial and industrial levels, had meant that waste generation activities in the country continue to be a challenge.
President Akufo-Addo said: “Currently, in total, we generate some 7,517,540 metric tonnes of waste. This situation, you would agree, presents enormous investment opportunities, for which the private sector can take advantage”.
He, therefore, requested for more private sector companies to collaborate with the government in creating business opportunities in the waste management space, such as waste to energy, materials recovery, recycling, and composting.
“The government will continue to create an enabling environment, where private sector players would have the opportunity to help provide sustainable waste management services in the country,” he said
He said the government’s commitment to realising the targets under the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals relating to sanitation is assured, adding that the government in collaboration with the Jospong Group of Companies would construct 16 state-of-the-art Integrated Recycling and Compost Plants in all country’s 16 regions.
President Akufo-Addo said the citing of the waste infrastructure in the regions comes with accompanying benefits creation of jobs, improvement in social amenities “such as good roads, potable water and extension of electricity, all of which help improve the domestic economy.”
The success of municipal waste management, the President indicated, is tied to the collection and transportation of waste to the final disposal sites, adding that the procurement of the trucks would augment the existing fleet of vehicles to improve waste collection and transportation in the country.