Story: Kwame Asare Boadu, Obuasi
ZOOMLION Ghana Limited, a waste management company, has launched its newly-introduced sanitation project, dubbed “Assembly members’ participation in waste collection and public education on sanitation project,” in the Obuasi municipality.
The programme, which focused on actively involving Assembly members in waste management, especially door-to-door collection in their respective municipalities and districts nationwide, is a public-private sector participation in waste management.
As part of the project, Zoomlion has presented a truck, valued at GH¢19,500, to the Obuasi Municipal Assembly on hire purchase to facilitate the work of the Assembly members.
Launching the project, the special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Zoomlion, Nana Yaw Sarkodie Aboagye, said Obuasi was the first area in the Ashanti Region to benefit from the project.
He emphasised that the project was determined to assist the Assembly members to identify with the overall efforts in waste management, and serve as agents of change in their areas.
Mr Sarkodie Aboagye said Zoomlion would be responsible for the servicing, repairs and maintenance cost of the truck within the repayment period of five years.
He stated that the company would also provide GH¢200 for the public education component of the project.
According to him, a special project account was to be opened for all the proceeds from the services of the truck, which would be managed by a committee to be formed by the assembly.
The special assistant stressed that improved sanitation was crucial to improving the health of the people.
He gave the assurance that the company would do everything possible to assist the assemblies in achieving their sanitation goals.
The Municipal Co-ordinating Director for Obuasi, Alhaji Ziblim Yakubu, described the project as one of the best things to happen to the municipality in its sanitation improvement drive, and commended Zoomlion for its laudable initiative.
He said Assembly members were determined to hold fast to the project to enable it to achieve maximum results.
The Manager incharge of the Ashanti office of Zoomlion, Ms Sharon Quarshie, stated that all the available resources had been put in place to implement the project in the remaining assemblies of the region.
She said the decision by the company to come out with innovative programmes and projects was in line with their position as the leading waste manamegement company in the country.