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Waste Management: Dan Botwe Appreciates JGC Contributions as he tours Mudor Faecal Treatment Plant & ACARP 

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Story by: Ishmael Barfi

The operations of Mudor Faecal Treatment Plant formerly known as Lavender Hill and the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant (ACARP) has been lauded by the Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD) during a site tour of these facilities.

The Mudor Faecal Treatment Plant is situated close to the sea at Jamestown whiles the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant (ACARP) is located at Adjin-Kotoku, all in the Greater Accra Region.

The two facilities visited by the Sector Minister on Friday, April 1, 2022 are subsidiaries of the Jospong Group of Companies (JGC).

Touring the two subsidiaries of the Jospong Group of Companies, the Sector Minister, Hon. Dan Kwaku Botwe acknowledged the contributions made by Jospong Group of Companies in addressing the country’s waste issues.

Waste Management: Dan BOTWE Appreciates JGC Contributions as he tours Mudor Faecal Treatment Plant & ACARP

Hon. Dan Kwaku Botwe who was accompanied by Chief Directors of the Ministry was impressed with works and operations of these two facilities.

Indicating that, the Ministry technical team would follow-up with another visit to have an in-depth knowledge of their operations.

The Accra tour afforded the Minister the chance to observe first-hand the operations of the two state-of-the-art waste management plants.

The tour is one of the MLGDRD’s monitoring role of ensuring that JGC was keeping to the terms of the management service agreement signed between the government and JGC in the year 2012.

Mudor Faecal Treatment Plant at Jamestown, suburb in capital city, Accra.

The Government of Ghana in the year 2012 signed a management service agreements with JGC’s compost and recycling plants in Kumasi and Accra.

Inspecting the various systems installed at the Mudor Faecal Treatment Plant, the Local Government, Digitalization and Rural Development Minister (MLGDRD) reiterated that, the signed agreements between government and Jospong Group of Companies to run these two plants is to ensure that, the health and wellbeing of  Ghanaians are secure, hence value for money.

Welcoming the Sector Minister to the Mudor Faecal Treatment Plant managed by Sewerage Systems Ghana Limited (SSGL), the Head of Process Engineering,  Ing. Eric Amofa Sarkodie, explained the various stages the Faecal waste goes through  at the plant.

Hon. Dan Botwe with his technical team

And also informed the Sector Minister of it’s intention to expand its capacity in the near future.

Meanwhile, speaking to the press, Ing. Eric Amofa Sarkodie made a passionate appeal to residents in Accra to ensure that their sceptic tanks are free from solid materials.

“At the faecal plant, our operations are on faecal sludge, but most often when the tanks come to dislodge the faecal sludge we find solid materials including pads, woods, old shoes and even aborted babies,” he bemoaned.

This development, he disclosed, was costing his company some GHC25,0000 to waste management companies to collect these solid materials to the landfill sites, adding that the practice was helping them in anyway.

Technical team of the Ministry of Local Government, Digitalization and Rural Development

The Minister next visit was the Accra Compost and Recycling Recycling Plant at Adjin-Kotoku where also applauded Jospong Group of Companies (JGC) for massive investment and improvement in it’s operations.

“I have seen that they have improved upon what they are doing and we all have seen a new plant installed at ACARP, he said.

Meanwhile, Hon. Dan Kwaku Botwe who is also the Member of Parliament for Okere Constituency in the Eastern Region appealed to JGC to provide more transfer stations especially in the capital city, Accra.

Hon. Dan Botwe been taken through processed at the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant, Adjin-Kotoku

This noted would facilitate the easy transportation of these waste to the recycling plants and also stop them especially the tricycles from dumping the waste collected along the road especially at night.

Answering questions on the enforcement of the Bye-Laws, Hon. Dan Botwe explained that, these Bye-Laws should be made easier for residents to abide and obey though it is appropriate to sanction offenders.

He further said, it is the duty of the Assemblies to educate the residents on the various Bye-Laws and sanctions for not obeying them.

At the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant (ACARP), the General Manager, Me. Michael Padi took the Sector Minister to a tour to observe how these waste materials are recycled into compost and plastics such ad dustbins, buckets among others.

Sector Minister observing operations at ACARP

Thanking the Sector Minister and his entourage for the field visit to have a first hand knowledge of their operation, he informed the Sector Minister of their intention to expand to produce vests from the plastic waste brought to the plant for recycling.

“,When we started, there was no market for that, but currently, the demand is there”, he added.

Sewerage Systems Ghana Limited (SSGL), a fully owned Ghanaian company is an Engineering and Construction Company with focus on the provision of efficient liquid waste treatment.

Sector Minister and his technical team at ACARP

Since its establishment, SSGL has built two new faecal treatment plants (Lavender Hill Faecal Treatment Plant – Near the Korle Lagoon and the Kotoku Faecal Treatment Plant – Adjen Kotoku) and rehabilitated the Mudor Sewerage Treatment Plant also at James Town.