President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed satisfaction with ongoing works on the state-of-the-art Integrated Recycling Compost Plant (IRECOP) in Dambai, the capital of the Oti Region.
After visiting the waste treatment plant yesterday, the President said he was satisfied with the level of work so far.
He was taken around the facility for him to see the various phases of work on it.
The Oti waste treatment project is a collaboration between the government and the private sector, led by the Jospong Group of Companies (JGC).
Briefing the President, the contractor disclosed that about 80 per cent of the work had been done, adding that the facility would be completed by the end of the year.
According to him, the ongoing construction works had created 2,000 indirect jobs for the youth in the community, adding that when completed, it would employ 150 people.
The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Ms Cecilia Abena Dapaah, explained that the President’s visit was to afford him the opportunity to see for himself the progress of work.
According to her, the facility, when completed, would bring an end to the scenario of having numerous refuse dumps scattered across in the region.
“The Oti IRECOP will not only receive solid waste from various municipalities in the region but equally turn waste into usable products for the benefit of the good people of Oti,” she said.
The minister noted further that the plant would ensure sanity in the environs of communities in the region.
President Akufo-Addo, Ms Dapaah intimated, was very particular about the health of Ghanaians, and that explained the various projects being undertaken by his government in the water and sanitation space.
To that end, she challenged other private sector players in the sanitation sector who had interest in undertaking such projects to come on board, maintaining that “my ministry’s doors are always open”.
For his part, the Executive Chairman of the JGC, Mr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, commended the President for creating the enabling environment for private sector players in the sanitation sector to contribute their quota to the development of the country.