The Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, has commended the Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong for his commitment to moving Ghana to a high development pedestal.
According to the Minister, “Ghana does not need a nation to change a country, all you need is one man and Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong is changing things in this country”.
Mr. Atta Akyea said this at the sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of a 13-million Euro Waste Water Treatment Plant in a Jospong-Pureco partnership in Kumasi.
The Jospong Group of Companies initiated and entered into a partnership with a Hungarian technological engineering company, Pureco to construct the 1000m3 waste water treatment plant, it is first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa here in the Ashanti Region, Kumasi.
The Minister who is also the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South called on Ghanaians to celebrate Dr. Agyepong for what he does describing him as “etiri a esodae pa” to wit a head that dreams great dreams.
He also lauded Nana Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for releasing the 130 acres of land for the project and urged all chiefs to be ready to part with lands for development of their communities.
Executive Director of the Jospong Group of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, expressed gratitude to the Asantehene for the piece of land and said the facility which will be managed by Sewerage Systems Ghana Limited (SSGL) a subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies will offer over 650 jobs to the youth of Kumasi.
He said this project was initiated as a result of the lack of such facility in the Ashanti Region which has culminated in the disposal of liquid waste into water bodies which is the result of communicable diseases among the people. He assured Ghanaians that similar projects will be constructed in Tema, Takoradi and Tamale to solve the liquid waste problems.
He commended the Hungarian partners and government and gave the assurance that a further collaboration with the Hungarian government and people will see the Jospong Group of Companies procuring 100 cesspit emptying trucks and 100 compaction trucks to further ensure that the president’s vision is achieved.
The representative of the Asantehene who chaired the programme was the Ananta Hene, Nana Agyei Fosu Twitwiakwa II. He said Asanteman was full of joy for the project. He said it was the hope of Otumfuo that wonderful ventures such as this will be brought to the Kingdom to bring it back to its former glory of the Garden City.
Nana Twitwiakwa II said the Ashanti Council will continue to support such ventures going forward.
The facility will also be used as a research center for the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and other institutions.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, gave the assurance that his government lead by H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will continue to create an enabling environment for the private sector to grow and urged all stakeholders to handle the project with special interest so as to complete it within time.
The project which is funded jointly by the Hungarian Government, Exim Bank and the Jospong Group of Companies will be ready for operation in 18 months.
By: Kekeli Kuatsenu/awakenewsonline.com