Zoomlion Ghana Limited, a waste management organization, in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, last Friday handed over refuse trucks and other equipment for distribution to 17 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the Central Region.
Handing over the keys to the trucks at a ceremony in Cape Coast, the Central Regional Manager for Zoomlion, Mr. John Sackey, said the new trucks would provide additional logistical support to the MMDAs in order to enhance their capacities to deliver higher quality waste management services in their respective areas and also to help Zoomlion realize its vision of being champion of clean, green and healthy communities by the year 2015.
“Waste management in the country has been a daunting task that needs concerted efforts to help achieve a five-star delivery in the country”, he said while calling on all and sundry to play a part in curbing the menace.
The Minister for the Central Region, Mrs Ama Benyiwa-Doe, receiving the keys to the trucks, called on experts in the environmental sector to develop more efficient ways of managing waste in the country.
She warned that “Ghana has come far and cannot afford to stick to the old traditional ways of waste management especially in the wake of the fact that now more waste is being generated than it could be dealt with by the Sanitation Units of the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs)”. She also appealed to the Assemblies to adopt new ways of dealing with the problem.
Mrs Benyiwa-Doe handed over the keys of the trucks to the Chief Executives of the various Assemblies and said that even though waste disposal and management had become a major problem in their areas, they could network with other organizations to solve the problem.
She appealed to Ghanaians to be prepared to pay “a little money” to have their waste disposed of properly and ensure a clean environment at all times.
She urged Zoomlion to monitor and ensure that the equipment and vehicles were well utilized in the districts.
Receiving the keys from the regional minister, Hon. Nii Ephraim, MCE for Efutu who also doubles as the Dean of MMDCE’s in the Central Region, expressed his gratitude to the government of Ghana and Zoomlion Ghana Limited for the move which he believes will go a long way to help enhance waste management operations in the region. “This ceremony is to show that the relationship that exists between Zoomlion and the various MMDA’s is bearing fruits and all we hope for is a continued partnership.”, he said.