President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cut the sod for construction of a solid waste treatment facility at Fiaso, a farming community that lies on the banks of the Fia River in the Bono East Region.
The sod-cutting ceremony was graced by the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah; Bono East Regional Minister, Kofi Amoakohene; Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies (JGC), Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong; Paramount Chief of Techiman, Oseadeyo Ekumfi-Ameyaw IV; and the Queen mother of Fiaso, Mariama.
It formed part of the president’s two-day tour of the Bono East Region.
The €15million project, which is expected to be completed within four months, is under a partnership between Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL) and its private sector partners and the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR).
Speaking at the ceremony, the Executive Chairman of JGC who also doubles as the CEO of ZGL, Dr. Joseph Siaw-Agyepong, revealed that the plant when completed will create 75 and 250 direct and indirect jobs respectively.
“With the president performing the sod-cutting ceremony, we are starting construction immediately. All the machines are ready to facilitate the project,” he said.
He thanked the chiefs and people of the region for offering his company a 100-acre plot to construct the plant on.
According to the CEO of Zoomlion, eight districts in the region will be bring their solid waste to the plant. These districts, he said, include Techiman North and South, Nkoranza North and South, Kintampo South and North, Wenchi, and Techiman Municipal.
“This solid waste facility has the capacity to do sorting, process, turn waste into fertilisers, and treat plastics among others.”