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Ghanaian tycoon Joseph Siaw Agyepong’s group commissions $22-million wastewater treatment plant

by Yusuf Abdulfatai
Joseph Siaw Agyepong

The Jospong Group of Companies, owned by Ghanaian businessman Joseph Siaw Agyepong, has officially commissioned a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant in a suburb of Tamale, Ghana’s fourth-largest city.

The €20-million ($22.07 million) facility, funded by the Hungarian government and managed by Sewerage Systems Ghana Limited (SSGL), a subsidiary of Jospong Group, is expected to bring significant environmental and public health benefits to the Northern Region.

The cutting-edge plant, covering a vast area, not only comprises a 1,000-cubic-meter wastewater treatment unit but also includes essential amenities such as a restaurant, clinic, cafeteria, lecture halls, administration block, and conference hall, among others.

Beyond wastewater treatment, the facility will transform the organic fraction of the waste into compost, boosting farming activities in the region.

Founded in 1995 as a printing press, Jospong Group has evolved into one of Ghana’s leading indigenous conglomerates, with business interests spanning 14 sectors and operating in Africa and Asia through 60 subsidiaries.

The newly commissioned facility is projected to generate approximately 1,000 direct and indirect jobs while offering a sustainable and eco-friendly solution to liquid waste management within Tamale and neighboring communities, including the Sagnarigu Municipality.

Agyepong, Jospong Group’s chairman, emphasized the facility’s significance as a research center for university students, enabling them to explore waste-to-energy ventures. He highlighted that the region currently produces a staggering 183,000 tonnes of waste annually, most of which ends up in landfills, posing a hazard to citizens and the environment.

During the commissioning ceremony, Agyepong expressed gratitude to the governments of Hungary and Ghana for their vital support in making the project a reality. He further reiterated the company’s unwavering commitment to promoting cleanliness and proper waste management throughout the country.

The inauguration of this advanced wastewater treatment plant marks a crucial milestone in Ghana’s efforts to enhance sustainable development, promote environmental stewardship, and improve public health in the northern region and beyond.

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