Kumasi gets modern waste water treatment plant
The Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, has lauded the Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, for his commitment to moving Ghana to a high development pedestal.
“Ghana does not need a nation to change a country, all you need is one man, and Dr. Joseph SiawAgyepong is changing things in this country. He has severally lifted the flag of Ghana so high and done all the wonderful things in Ghana,” he said.
Atta Akyea said this when he attended the sod-cutting ceremony of the 13 million Euros Waste Water Treatment Plant in a Jospong and Pureco partnership in Kumasi.
The Jospong Group of Companies initiated and entered into a partnership with a Hungarian technological engineering company, Pureco, to construct the 1000m3 waste water treatment plant. It is first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa in the Ashanti Region, Kumasi.
The Minister, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa South, called on Ghanaians to celebrate Dr. Agyepong for what he does, describing him as “Etiri a esodae pa”, to wit, a head that dreams great dreams.
He commended Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for releasing the 130 acres of land for the project, and urged all chiefs, as development agents, to be ready to part with lands for the development of their jurisdictions.
The Executive Director of the Jospong Group of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, expressed gratitude to the Asantehene for the parcel of land, and said the facility, which will be managed by Sewerages Systems Ghana Limited (SSGL), a subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies, will offer over 650 jobs to the youth of Kumasi.
He said this project was initiated as a result of the lack of such facility in the Ashanti Region, which has culminated in the disposal of liquid waste into water bodies, resulting in communicable diseases among the people. He assured Ghanaians that similar projects would be constructed in Tema, Takoradi and Tamale to solve the liquid waste problems.
He commended the Hungarian partners and the government, and gave the assurance that further collaboration with the Hungarian government and people will see the Jospong Group of Companies procuring 100 cesspit emptying trucks, and 100 compaction trucks to further ensure that the President’s vision is achieved.
The representative of the Asantehene, who chaired the programme, was the the Anantahene, Nana Agyei Fosu Twitwiakwa II, said Asanteman was full of joy for the project. He said it was the hope of Otumfuo that wonderful ventures such as this will be brought to the Kingdom to bring it back to its former glory of the Garden City.
Nana Twitwiakwa II said the Ashanti Council would continue to support such ventures going forward. The facility will also be used as a research center for the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and other institutions.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, gave the assurance that his government, led by H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will continue to create an enabling environment for the private sector to grow, and urged all stakeholders to handle the project with special interest so as to complete it within time.
The project, which is funded jointly by the Hungarian Government, Exim Bank and the Jospong Group of Companies, will be ready for operation in 18 months.