Over 600 staff of Zoomlion and other public officials are expected to be trained in integrated solid waste management through the Jospong-Komptech Waste Academy project initiated by the Jospong Group of Companies (JGC).

The Academy is part of a 3-year capacity-building cooperation agreement between the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), JGC, and Komptech, in collaboration with ICEP and the
Technical University of Vienna. It signifies JGC’s collective dedication to advancing sustainable waste management practices in Ghana.

Speaking at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding to kickstart the training, the Project Lead for the Jospong-Komptech Waste Academy, Brigadier General Mike Akpatsu, explained that the project is a comprehensive three-year renewal agreement that seeks to train, transfer knowledge, and build the capacity of the youth on waste management.

He added that the project is also working with the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) to create awareness, and also reach out to policymakers to sensitize and advocate waste segregation policy to influence waste management at homes.

Brig-Gen. Akpatsu (Rtd.) further stated that the project would also reach out to young adults and kids through the Zoomkids Foundation to create programmes and projects to sensitize kids on sanitation.

The Chief Human Capital Resources Officer of Jospong Group, Akwelley Bulley-Kwakyi, noted that her outfit was poised to make significant strides towards a more sustainable and efficient waste management ecosystem in Ghana.

“As we embark on this new chapter, we are filled with anticipation for the growth and development opportunities it brings,” she added.

She further noted that over the years, JGC’s collaboration with Komptech had been pivotal in advancing solid waste recycling and composting processes in Accra and Kumasi, and now extending to Sefwi, Damongo, Goaso, Wa, Dambai and several other locations within the borders of Ghana.

“Leveraging Komptech’s expertise, we have already conducted numerous training sessions and are steadfast in our pursuit of further capacity-building initiatives,” Bulley-Kwakyi stated.

For her part, Regina Rosemary Orthner, the Honorary Consul of Austria to Ghana, emphasized that the cooperation agreement is aimed at strengthening ties and fostering capacity building between Austria and its local partners.

She disclosed that the opening of the Austrian Embassy in Ghana later this year would further improve the bilateral relationship between Ghana and Austria which had been intense in recent years.

She was of the view that Ghana’s sanitary challenges persist because the nation had not yet provided citizens, especially children, with tools and adequate knowledge on waste management.

“If we want our kids to manage their waste properly, then we must provide them with the bins, and teach them how to use it. So it starts with education and the provision of the right tools to help solve the sanitation challenges,” she stressed.

She believes that the Jospong-Komptech Waste Academy project will greatly improve the nation’s sanitation knowledge gap.

Funded by Komptech and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) with funds from Austrian Development Cooperation, the three-year programme provides both technical expertise and financial support to empower Jospong staff and the wider stakeholder community.