Zoomlion and AMA workers collecting filth at the Tema Station.
Zoomlion and AMA workers collecting filth at the Tema Station.

Given the whole sanitation contract to just one company is recipe for disaster. This is the main reason most of Accra is so dirty. For Accra to get clean, the Government must breakup Jospong’s monopoly, divide the City into zones and zonal contracts awarded to competing companies with Accra Metropolitan assembly keeping the supervisory role. If this is done, these companies will be forced to do a better cleaning job with our sanitation. Whoever awarded this contact to Zoomlion did not do proper feasibility analysis before issuing the contract to Zoomlion. According to the Accra Mayor:

“The government has entered into several contracts with Jospong Group of Companies over sanitation. There is a contract for collecting the waste, a separate one for disposing the waste, another for managing the waste disposal sites and fumigating public places.”

Why would one company be awarded all these contracts for the whole of Accra Metropolitan City and that of Tema? No wonder rubbish piles up for days all over the Accra-Tema Metropolis. The government, as a matter of urgency must divide Accra-Tema Metropolis into manageable Sanitation Zones and award sanitation contacts to different capable and well-resourced companies.

After awarding the sanitation contract to Zoomlion, it also does not make sense for the Assemblies and the City to pay extra money to hire extra help to clean the localities – a contractual responsibility of Jospong Group of companies.

“Assembly members have complained to JoyNews in the documentary ‘Robbing the Assemblies’, despite the payments the work is shoddily done. In some cases, Assemblies have hired extra sanitation workers to do a job contracted to Zoomlion.

The Accra Mayor confirmed the city also hires such extra hands to keep the city clean. But he would not call for the cancellation of the Zoomlion contract as urged by some assembly members who say the MMDAs are better placed to clean up their localities.”

Please read the full article as per the Accra Mayor, Mohammed Adjei Sowah below:
June 4, 2019 (Ghanaweb)
Accra Mayor Mohammed Adjei Sowah has decried the city authority’s lack of control over the controversial waste management contract with Zoomlion company Ltd.

He wants the contract, which is replicated across all metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies in Ghana, amended. It will allow his office to properly supervise waste collection.

The government has entered into several contracts with Jospong Group of Companies over sanitation. There is a contract for collecting the waste, a seperate one for disposing the waste, another for managing the waste disposal sites and fumigating public places.

In each of these contracts, monies in millions allocated to metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies are deducted at source, the Office of Common Fund Administrator and collectively paid to his companies.

Assembly members have complained to JoyNews in the documentary ‘Robbing the Assemblies’, despite the payments the work is shoddily done. In some cases, Assemblies have hired extra sanitation workers to do a job contracted to Zoomlion.

The Accra Mayor confirmed the city also hires such extra hands to keep the city clean. But he would not call for the cancellation of the Zoomlion contract as urged by some assembly members who say the MMDAs are better placed to clean up their localities.

Mohammed Adjei Sowah argued, whether cleaning services revert to the assemblies or remain privatised, the critical denominator would still be supervision.

Under the current arrangement, Assemblies don’t control whether Zoomlion gets paid whether or not the work gets done.

Adjei Sowah said there was no clarity on the role of MMDAs in the execution of the Zoomlion sanitation contract.

“What we have not done is to structure the arrangement properly” he said to buttress his call for amendments to empower local authorities to properly supervise Zoomlion’s work.

Dr. Gabriel A Ayisi
New York City.

1 COMMENT

  1. God! Why! Ghana why?
    To give all contracts to one company is a major mistake and possibly because of what the company gives back to the signors of the contracts.
    Why can’t the Ministry of Sanitation and the MMDCAs and others review and support the decentralization of powers amendment proposed by Ghana Leadership Union (GLU)!

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