By Gifty Arthur
A fifteen member delegation from the United States of America (USA) is in the country to formalize talks with waste management giant, Zoomlion Ghana, in what the delegation calls “partnership” agreement to promote and explore development opportunities.
The delegation is being led by the Mayor of Columbus Ohio, Andrew J. Ginther and his predecessor, Michael B. Coleman.
They will be in the country for a period of one week. According to Mr. Ginther, the visit is to “cement their relationship” with the Jospong Group of Companies, to explore “potential business” opportunities centering on education, sports, economic development and environmental sustainability, among others.
He said, the partnership which was as a result of their Sister City programme, a partnership “where we make connections, connecting people to people, education, economic development and environment sustainability, will go a long way to benefit both countries”.
On Tuesday, the team toured the completed Lavender Hill Fecal Treatment Plant in Accra, where they were full of praise for both government and Zoomlion Ghana.
The project which is to be commissioned in the coming days, is a partnership between the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Sewage System Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies.
The over $16million liquid waste project, will be commissioned by the President, John Dramani Mahama, and thus lead to the closure of the infamous Lavender Hill.
The plan is to treat 2,000 cubic meters of liquid waste per day, a senior project official told the delegation.
Sewage System Ghana Limited, is expected to manage the plant and ensure that government achieves it aim of stopping the daily disposing of liquid waste into the sea.
The plant will not only treat liquid waste, but it is to generate biogas, which will be converted into electricity.
The delegation also visited another subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies, Dredge Master, also in Accra before heading to the headquarters.
The company is into the business of desilting large choked drains and developing them into modern beautiful sites.
At the headquarters, Mayor Ginter noted, “we are very impressed with what we saw this morning and we look forward to this partnership”.
The delegation was taken through all the activities, including the mission and vision of Jospong Group of Companies and most, especially Zoomlion, after which Mayor Ginther said, “the partnership was an exciting one”.
They were also impressed with the over 40 subsidiary companies of Jospong Group of Companies, some of which includes, the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant, Africa-Institute of Sanitation and Waste Management, Door-to-Door Waste Collection initiative, Dredge Masters, Zoil Services, Zoompak Transfer Stations, Oil and Gas, Able Imports and Exports.
The next stop of the delegation was the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant at Medie, to learn at firsthand, the technology and process to turn both liquid and solid waste into other valuable products, such as fertilizer and biogas.
On his part, the Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyapong said, his outfit was ready to invest it time and everything to ensure that, the partnership yields the desired result.
He said, “we want to actualize this partnership”. According to him, there have been proposals and partnership in the past, but were seriously looking forward and prepared to work with the delegation.
He said, though 99 percent of their businesses are with government, they were committed and ready to assist the Columbus Ohio team.
Former Mayor, Michael B. Coleman, said they were very interested and wanted to partner if indeed Jospong Group had “a United States strategy”, including building capacities among others
The Managing Director (MD), Sophia Lissah, mentioned some of the 12 sectors the Group, has ventured into as, Printing Service, Oil and Gas, ICT and Software, Manufacturing, Waste Management, etc.