Saturday, June 12, 2010



Zoomlion Ghana Limited, a leading private waste management company in the country now, is planning to venture into the manufacturing of manure, which is the first of its kind by any entrepreneur or company.

The compost or manure plant which is to be built in the near future at an estimated cost of 17 million dollars would cater for the over increase domestic waste materials being generated everyday in the country and also create another employment opportunity to several thousands of Ghanaian youth.

Ghana, it is estimated generates about 20,000 tonnes of waste each day, and the lack of land fill sites and compost plants, is now making it extremely difficult for the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to properly manage waste and sanitation issues very well. This, as a result, is causing upsurge in sanitation related diseases such as malaria, diarrhea, cholera, skin diseases, and among others.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Zoomlion Ghana, Provencal Oscar made this disclosure at a press soirée organized for journalists in Tamale by the Communications Department of the company. He was flanked by the Communications Manager, Isabella Gyau Orhin, Communications Officer, Solomon Agyeman Duah, Northern Regional Operations Supervisor, Daniel Martey and Francis Atayure Abirigo, Northern Sector Communications Officer.

After growing from strength to strength to become the biggest waste management company in Ghana, Mr. Oscar said Zoomlion Ghana has also advanced plans to launch another programme that would create more job opportunities for the youth and to boost Ghana’s agricultural gains.

The new programme dubbed “Zoom Farm Project” would be launched later this year in all the 10 administrative regions of Ghana based on each region’s agricultural potential.

Mr. Oscar disclosed that Zoomlion Ghana in line with this outstanding dream had established a Tractor Assembling Plant (Mahindra-Mahindra) in Kumasi about two years ago to assemble tractors and other farm implements.

According to him, the company is seriously negotiating with traditional rulers and custodians of lands in the various communities in the 10 regions for the acquisition of land for the farm project, adding, “An estimated 55,000 Ghanaian youth would be employed under the Zoom Farm Project across the country”.

Zoomlion Ghana would also establish a waste management university next year to offer courses in waste management, sanitation and hygiene, he added, saying “the company is advanced with preparations to put in place structures to kick start the university that would have campuses in Accra and Tamale.

Mr. Oscar said the university would be first of its kind in Africa and is expected to serve other African countries. Adding, “the university would start admitting students by the middle of next year and would have affiliates such as the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, the University of Cape Coast, the University of Ghana and the Ontario University”.

Zoomlion Ghana Ltd currently has about 24,000 regular staff, 22,000 workers under the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), 10,000 under the Eco-brigade, 16,000 in afforestation, 5,000 under the mosquito control programme and 1,800 in the sanitation sector.

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