Senior Minister Tours Lavender Hill

Yaw Osafo-Maafo being taken round the facility

Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo has embarked on a tour of the Lavender Hill Faecal Treatment Plant in Accra to acquaint himself with works being done.

He said government could not afford to relax on its effort to sustain its support towards the modernization of the treatment of liquid waste in the country particularly in Accra and other big cities.

The minister was impressed with the works being done at Lavender Hill Faecal Treatment Plant and assured management of government’s assistance to make the Sewerage Systems Ghana Limited (SSGL) profitable and viable.

Mr. Osafo-Maafo was taken round the various treatment facilities at the
plant which was commissioned in 2016.

According to him, the Akufo-Addo administration would ensure that the plant is replicated in other parts of the country specifically in Kumasi, Tamale and Tema.

He stated that it is the duty and responsibility of government to ensure the financing of the treatment and management of sewerage.

The Managing Director of SSGL, Haidar Said, said they had so far provided at least 300 direct jobs and almost a thousand indirect jobs.

He stated that by the time the company finished the Kumasi, Tamale and Tema projects, there would be about 1,200 direct jobs and over 5,000 indirect jobs.

He added that the estimated completion of the Kumasi project is around end of October or early November, this year.

The Kumasi project, he said, is around €12 to €15 million direct cost and about €20 million direct and indirect cost, whilst he said the Tema project is to cost about €75 or €76 million.

The General Manager of SSGL, Florence Cobbold, said the Kumasi project is about 100 or 120 truck per day capacity or 1000 cubic metres.

The Lavender Hill Faecal Treatment Plant is about 2,000 cubic metres a day.

She noted that sewerage management is very important and that there is the need to see waste as money, saying waste management forms part of the secular economy.

Present during the visit were the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, and Chairman of the Jospong/Zoomlion Groups of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw-Agyapong.


By Melvin Tarlue