Gov’t urged to deepen PPP arrangements
Sewerage Systems Ghana Ltd, a subsidiary of Jospong Group of Companies, has urged government to continue its partnership with the private sector, to end the menace of indiscreet and indiscriminate disposal of liquid waste in the country.
Speaking to the media in Accra during a visit by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Local Government to its facility, Managing Director of the company, Haider M. Said, said the recent PPP project with the government has helped put an end to the indiscriminate disposal of waste at the ‘famous’ Lavender Hill site, hence, the need to continue such arrangements.
“We are in a position to technically manage the plant and we are in a position to probably finance it as a PPP with the government. We are aware that the ministry is inviting consultants to evaluate building such facilities and we are waiting for such consultants to come on board before we engage with them and start acting. We need the support of the government to ensure the continuity of this project,” he said.
He further urged the committee to deliberate on the results achieved through partnership with his outfit to push for the project to be replicated in other regions across the country.
“We met the committee about a month ago and we briefed them about the project and invited them to come and see what we have achieved here. They have seen what we have done and they are very pleased with the project. So, they can go and deliberate on it and provide adequate advice to parliament and to the president about the project,” he added.
The former Lavender Hill is said to have existed for more than 100 years until it was given a modern treatment facility by the Sewerage System Ghana Ltd, through a Public Private Partnership project.
The modern Lavender Hill Faecal Treatment Plant has a daily maximum treatment capacity of 2,400 cubic meters; and is expected to serve over two million people daily.
The project has an expected life span of 20 years; and will further create direct employment for some 250 people.
Chairman of the committee, Patricia Appiagyei, who is also the Deputy Minister of Science, Environment and Technology, lauded the company for the project and stated that its benefit to the environment makes it necessary for it to be replicated in other regions of the country.
“It is one of the projects that we have supported to ensure that we will have a very environmental-free system which will ensure that liquid waste is well managed, especially in the city of Accra. We believe that it is a very good project and we the Parliamentary Select Committee of Local Government would have to support its sustainability.”