Zoomlion hands over 23 sanitation trucks to MDAs in Eastern Region

Dr Kwasi Akyem Apea-Kubi, the out-going Eastern Regional Minister, has noted that the greatest challenge militating against efficient waste management operation in the country was insufficient and appropriate waste management equipment.

He said the reason why these were lacking was because of the huge financial cost involved in procuring the trucks and equipment.

Dr Apea-Kubi was inaugurating 23 new sanitation trucks in Koforidua on Thursday, provided by Zoomlion Ghana, a waste management company, to be distributed to the 21 Municipal and District Assemblies (MDAs) in the region.

He said government decided to cede 80 percent of waste management operations to the private Sector in order to encourage their participation in waste management.

Dr Apea-Kubi noted that the public- private partnership initiative had brought very significant changes to waste management and environmental sanitation landscape in Ghana, especially with the entry of Zoomlion six years ago into the waste management industry.

Dr Apea-Kubi indicated that since 2009, refuse receptacles has increased by more than 100 percent from 173 pieces of refuse containers to 369, adding that, the inauguration of the trucks was a clear manifestation of Government intention to provide the assemblies with equipment and logistics.

He cautioned the MDAs against the misuse of the trucks and equipment and to service them routinely to ensure their durability and life-span.

Mr Ernest Kusi, Regional Manager of Zoomlion, expressed appreciation to the government for the trust and confidence reposed in the company.

Source: GNA

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