The Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD) has expressed satisfaction with operations of the Kumasi Compost and Recycling Plant (KCARP. The facility also hosts the Kumasi Wastewater Treatment Plant at Adagya in the Bosomtwe District in the Ashanti Region.
According to the sector minister, Dan Kwaku Botwe, based on that satisfaction, the government will continue to collaborate with the Jospong Group of Companies (JGC) to make sure that the operations of the group lead to the benefit of Ghanaians.
Mr. Botwe made the observation when he led a delegation of directors from his outfit to pay a working visit to the KCARP on Friday, March 25, 2022.
The visit afforded the minister and his team the opportunity to familiarise themselves with operations of both KCARP and the wastewater treatment plant.
Mr. Botwe explained that it also formed part of his ministry’s monitoring role of JGC operations, particularly in the light of the fact that government has an agreement with the group.
“Since 2015, the Kumasi Compost and Recycling Plant, and 2012, the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant, the Ministry of Local Government Decentralisation and Rural Development has a Management Service Agreement with this organisation (the JGC), and before any agreement is done, we continuously monitor what they do to make sure that they are living up to the agreement that we have with them,” he said.
He was particularly impressed about ongoing expansion works at the KCARP, stressing that it will help cater for the growing waste in the Greater Kumasi Area.
These ongoing expansion works at KCARP, he intimated, will definitely affect the 2015 Waste Management Service Agreement between the government and KCARP.
“… So we felt that it was very necessary for us to come here to have a first feel of what is happening. And our staff, of course, keep on monitoring the agreement we have with the Composts both in Kumasi and Accra,” he further said.
Mr. Botwe gave the assurance that his team will follow up with another visit to the plant to have a more detailed discussion with JGC for review and areas of improvement, so far as the agreement was concerned.
He averred that his ministry will always ensure value for money in contracts such as this.
He disclosed that the MLGDRD will also be visiting the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant soon.
Continuing, Mr. Botwe indicated his resolve to ensure that Parks and Gardens – which is currently under his ministry – collaborates with JGC to help the state agency green the country using compost materials and fertilisers produced by the compost plants in both Accra and Kumasi.
“… And you would have taken notice of the fact that since the beginning of this year, we are doing everything to revamp Parks and Gardens: we gave them brand new trucks, water tankers, mowers and other things. I am aware that Jospong Group of Companies gave them some water tankers some time ago, out of their corporate social responsibility,” he said.
Furthermore, he pointed out that the Ministry of Local Government Decentralisation and Rural Development was looking at ways of encouraging Ghanaians to have gardens and grass their environs.
The Executive Chairman of JGC, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, contended that his group has had a “very good relationship with the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, adding that the ministry has been very supportive.
In this regard, he commended Mr. Botwe for taking time off his tight schedules to visit the KCARP.
Such visits, he noted, help spur them on to do more in a professional way.
Again, Dr. Siaw Agyepong said the KCARP was also an academic facility which takes in students from the Kumasi University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
“We have about 4 lecture halls at KCARP that are often used by student interns from KNUST,” he revealed.
Earlier, the General Manager of KCARP, Samuel Ntumy, conducted Mr. Botwe and his team around the two treatment plants.
KCARP, he said, has the capacity to receive 1,200 tonnes of solid waste, adding that when its expansion works are completed, the plant will be able to take in another 1,200 tonnes of waste – making 2,400 tonnes in total.
He was full of praise for Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who he said was magnanimous to give them land to construct the plants.
He said KCARP and the Kumasi Wastewater Treatment Plant, which receive 1,200 tonnes of solid waste and 1,000 tonnes of liquid waste respectively, were the first of their kind in Africa.