With about seven months to completion of the decommissioning and re-engineering work at the Kpone Landfill Site in Accra, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, has underscored that her outfit has not been disappointed with the progress of work so far.
“We are pleased with what we have seen here today, and it demonstrates President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s empathy for the vulnerable in our society.” Mrs. Dapaah made the observation when she undertook an inspection of work progress at the site.
She praised the contractor, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, and consultant EAP Consultant Limited for a good job done so far.
She used the opportunity to urge the media and two municipal chief executives in Tema and Kpone Katamanso to propagate the project’s ideals.
“We are breathing fresh air today at Kpone Landfill Site because of the vision of President Akufo-Addo,” she said.
According to her, the president created the sanitation and water resources ministry for a special purpose, adding that it has “brought sanitation to the front-burner”.
In this regard, Mrs. Dapaah stressed the need for stakeholders in the sanitation space to partner government in doing more for the country.
She also asked both the Kpone Katamanso and Tema MCEs to regularly visit the site and monitor ongoing work.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr. Henry Quartey, described the project as a huge investment and one that will accrue to the benefit of Kpone Katamanso municipality.
“We are going to have Las Vegas in Kpone Katamanso,” he elatedly expressed.
While commending Zoomlion for the work done so far, he appealed for the sanitation and water resources minister to consider replicating the project at all landfill sites in the national capital.
Mr. Quartey charged the contractor to expedite work and see to a successful completion of the project.
On his part, the Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies who also doubles as Chief Executive Officer of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, averred that the Kpone re-engineering and decommissioning project shows a mark of good leadership and innovation by President Akufo-Addo.
He acknowledged the efforts of Mrs. Dapaah, stressing that “she has been the driving force behind the president’s vision in the sanitation sector.
“…the confidence she has reposed in local contractors is immeasurable, and that has enabled us as local contractors to gain a lot of skills,” he indicated.
Consequently, Dr. Siaw Agyepong assured the minister of completing the work on schedule.
On details of the project, a consultant with EAP Consultant Limited, Dr. Betha Darteh, said the project commenced with the cutting of what she called a terrace.
That, she said, was followed by the moving of waste material to a designated location.
She said the site was further levelled to pave the way for levelling the terrace.
“This was also followed by dressing a leachate pond to prevent spillage into the environment, which would caused much pollution of the adjourning environment.