The Chief of Nwawasua, Nana Kwaku Atuahene, has appealed to government and Zoomlion Ghana Limited to fast-track the installation of a multi-purpose waste treatment plant in the Bono Region to address the teething sanitation challenges confronting the people in the area.
To the Chief, the operationalization of the multi-purpose waste treatment plant will also create thousands of employment opportunities to the youth, which to a larger extent, will help open up the local economy.
“I will appeal to government and Zoomlion to fast-track installation of a multi-purpose waste treatment here in Bono. Once this facility is in operation, it will employ thousands of our youth and help address our sanitation challenges so that Sunyani and the rest of the communities in Bono will become cleaner and safer for all to live in. This facility in my estimation will spice up development in Bono Region”, noted Nana Atuahene.
The Chief made this appeal when a joint Parliamentary Select Committee on Finance, Works and Housing, Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, and Local Government, inspected ongoing construction of a multi-purpose waste treatment at Nwawasua in the Bono Region on Friday, April 16, 2021.
The joint Parliamentary Select Committee was led by the Chairman of the Local Government Select Committee and MP for Odotobiri constituency, Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Gyamfi.
The delegation prior to inspecting the Nwawasua multi-purpose waste treatment facility had earlier visited facilities that were put up in Western, Western North, and Ahafo Region.
They had also visited the Kumasi Compost and Recycling Plant (KCARP) which is currently in operation and assisting in the decommissioning of the Oti Landfill site which was a major challenge to residents of Kumasi.
Just like the other facilities in other regions, the Nwawasua multi-purpose waste treatment plant also comprise of an Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant (IRECOP), a medical waste treatment plant, a liquid waste treatment plant and a residual waste plant.
Located some 5km away from the Sunyani Township, the Nwawasua multi-purpose waste treatment plant is sited on a 45 acre land which will serve the people of Sunyani, Sunyani West, Brekum East and Brekum West. The facility when completed will process 300 tons of waste daily.
Nana Atuahene commenting further, assured the joint Select Committee on Nananom’s unflinching support to the project, stressing that it remains a priority on the agenda of the traditional rulers in the region considering the enormous benefits the project presents.
Leader of the delegation, Hon. Gyamfi, also commenting on the project said the purpose of which the joint committee travelled from Accra to Western Region, Ashanti Region, Western North, Ahafo and Bono Region, have been achieved, noting that the “Committee is impressed and happy with the work done so far”.
“Waste management is something that we cannot joke with. We generate the waste and after that what do we do? We need to manage it. What we are seeing is a great effort by government in partnership with Zoomlion Ghana Limited and it is our responsibility to ensure that the work progresses to its final conclusion. We are hoping that by July this year, all the projects will be completed so that the Assemblies will take over and ensure that they manage our waste very well”, he noted.
He called on the citizenry to support the government to deliver on its mandate to manage waste in the country.
The Bono Regional Minister, Madam Justina Owusu Banahene, on her part said they hold the project in very high esteem since it is going to serve as a job creation vehicle for the teeming unemployed youth in the region.
The Managing Director, Wastelandfills Ghana Limited, Peter Dagadu, gave an overview of the project and assured that it will be completed in August, 2021 following the sod-cutting ceremony by President Akufo-Addo in September, 2020, to pave way for its commencement.
“The substructure work is 78 percent complete. We have already procured the machinery and immediately the substructure is completed, we will install it and begin our test runs. Operationalization is 58 percent complete and we are hoping to complete the entire project in August, 2021”, he noted.
To Dagadu, the project having suffered an initial setback as a result of land litigation, will create 120 direct jobs and over 400 indirect jobs considering the about 500,000 households the facility is going to serve.