Ghana’s biggest waste management company, Zoomlion Ghana Limited has announced new the introduction of new technology to keep the country clean. On the 20th of February 2019, Zoomlion unveiled ten new mechanical sweepers. The machines will be distributed across selected cities in Ghana, with the majority distributed in Accra.
The sweepers represent an investment of $2 million by the Zoomlion Group of Companies. The investment comes in response to President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s call for the introduction of automated sweepers for heavy traffic areas. Ghana’s poor sanitation has been a point of consternation for the nation, and the government has partnered with Zoomlion Ghana Limited in order to seek solutions for this problem. Another crucial cleaning scheme underway is the One Million Bin Distribution Project, which was launched as part of the plans to reduce the disease burden associated with poor sanitation in Ghana. The project was initiated with a 10 million dollar credit facility from ECOBANK.
The state-of-the-art sweepers will be stationed along major highways within the selected cities and will serve as support for the Zoomlion cleaners operating all around the country. It is hoped that these cleaners will assist in reducing the number of street cleaners who are knocked down by vehicles along major ceremonial roads during the course of their duties.
Deputy Minister for Local Government, Mr Collins Ntim touted the abilities of the machines to recover debris from streets and reduce the risk of vehicles skidding, adding that “It can automatically sweep, dump refuse and scrub with the help of an embedded water tank…clears stagnant water which on the road surface contributes to the development of potholes on our roads”. The Deputy Minister was also quick to praise Zoomlion, saying that “I want to be honest here again that Jospong and Zoomlion are doing quite well in terms of such innovations as evident in the inauguration of these sweepers……Indeed, your outfit keeps springing up surprises to augment the ministry’s efforts, and that is very commendable. We need more of your kind to completely nib in the bud the waste management menace facing this country.”