Zoomilion Ghana Limited has unveilled 10 mechanised street-sweeping trucks worth over US$2 million, to be used to clean major highways and roads across the country.
“With an investment of US$2million made so far, these street-sweepers will be deployed in consultation with governmental authorities at various ceremonial and major streets of selected cities in Ghana to ensure their optimum use,” Executive Chairman-Zoomlion Group of Companies, Joseph Siaw Agyepong, said at the unveilling ceremony in Accra.
“For us at Zoomlion, our mantra is ‘Hard work and dedication pay’, and this motivates an intrinsic desire in us to do more for our country each and every day. We are committed to our charge of making Ghana green, clean and healthy,” he added.
He explained the mechanised trucks will replace manual sweeping along major roads, in collaboration with the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources. He expressed optimism that introducing the trucks will minimise the risk of vehicular ‘knock-downs’ encountered by some cleaners along major roads.
Mr. Agyepong further noted that achieving sustainable waste management calls for closer collaboration between government and private sector actors. Such partnerships, he added, are necessary to support the country’s bid to attain Sustainable Development Goal Six – provision of clean water, sanitation and resiliency to disasters by 2030.
To this end, he said, Zoomlion is committed to building long-lasting relationships with its private sector customers and public agencies like ministries, municipal and district assemblies, as well as the communities it serves.
Additionally, he said, the company is rolling out a number of programmes to transform waste management and to support government achieve its vision of making Accra and Ghana clean.
One of such programmes, he noted, is the distribution of 1 million waste-bins, which is being carried out with a US$10million credit facility from ECOBANK.
The project aims to distribute the bins to households with the intention of reducing the disease burden associated with poor sanitation.
He added: “Recently we have programmed to establish in all the regions of Ghana, using the compost technology Integrated Waste Management Plants. The installation of the first plant, with a capacity to process 400 tonnes of waste per day, is near completion at the Klerp site near Agbogbloshie. This project will be commissioned by the end of February 2019, and has the capacity to process daily waste created in the central district of Accra”.
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, in a speech read on her behalf said: “Let me hasten to commend Zoomlion Ghana Limited, our key private sector partner. Indeed, your outfit keeps springing surprises to augment the ministry’s efforts, and that is very commendable. We need more of your kind to completely eradicate the waste management menace facing this country.”