Waste management company, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, has presented 500 new waste management trucks to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the country.
The fleet, made up of 500 new skip-trucks, come with the requisite number of containers for efficient and effective operations in the country, and are to resource the company to execute a five-year contract with the MMDAs.
“This is part of our expanding strategy to meet the needs of our growing population and rapid urbanisation,” said Chairman of the JOSPONG Group, Joseph Siaw Agyapong.
“Our strategies evolve with our changing needs; and in this respect we require the support and collaboration of all citizens and stakeholders,” Mr. Agyapong added at a programme to outdoor the trucks in Accra.
He said the move will help create 300 direct and about 1,000 indirect jobs in the MMDAs, adding that: “We see our contribution as an essential aspect of our role as private sector players. I would like to emphasise that with the continuous support of government, Zoomlion can deal effectively with the waste management situation in the country”.
His outfit, he said, also plans to distribute one million bins to households for effective waste collection.
“We think that giving dustbins to each household will go a long way to solving the waste problem. Alongside this, we are digitising bins by placing RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) stickers on the dustbins to ensure that bins are lifted every day. This will allow us to know where they are located so that those collecting the rubbish can easily identify or locate the bins. This innovation is in line with government’s digitisation efforts.
“Our teams are working in partnership with the School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences to find culturally acceptable solutions for waste to energy systems,” he added.
According to him, Zoomlion is also in the process of introducing mobile compacting equipment to be stationed within specific communities for easy disposal and treatment of waste.
This, he added, will ease the pressure on existing transfer stations – most of which have exhausted the allowable space and therefore pose a danger to various stakeholders.
He added that: “Zoomlion Ghana Limited fully supports the vision of President Nana Akufo-Addo; not only to make Accra a clean city, but also to create jobs and promote the private sector. It is in this spirit that we have already made a donation of 10 pick-ups, among other items, to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly”.
Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, is optimistic that the new trucks will go a long way to improve sanitation in the various MMDAs across the country.
She therefore thanked Zoomlion for honouring its promise to the MMDAs, urging the general public to see themselves as major stakeholders in the fight to rid the country of filth.
The minister also explained that, as part of the deal, Zoomlion is to manage the vehicles on behalf of the assemblies.