CONSTRUCTION of a $2 million waste-water treatment plant in Ghana’s second city, Kumasi, has begun.
According to Works and Housing Minister Samuel Atta Akyea, the project, a partnership between the locally-owned Jospong Group of Companies and a Hungarian technological engineering company, Pureco, is first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa.
1000m3 waste-water treatment plant will be funded jointly by the Hungarian Government, Exim Bank and the Jospong Group of Companies and managed by Sewerages Systems Ghana Limited (SSGL), a subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies.
The facility will also be used as a research centre for the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and other institutions. The project was initiated as a result of the lack of such a facility in the Ashanti Region, which has resulted in the disposal of liquid waste into water-bodies and caused communicable diseases to spread among the people.
The project is set to be operational in 18 months and is expected to create more than 650 jobs for the youth of Kumasi. The minister commended the Asantehene, Nana Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for releasing the 130 acres of land for the project to begin, and urged all chiefs as development agents to be ready to part with lands for development of their jurisdictions.
Atta Akyea also announced that similar projects will be constructed in the port cities of Tema and Takoradi, and in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale, to solve the liquid waste problems in those areas.