The Kpone Landfill site in the Kpone Katamanso Municipality of the Greater Accra Region was before the re-engineering by Zoomlion described as a disaster in waiting, especially when the site caught fire in 2019 but continued to be used as dumping ground for both faecal matter and solid waste.
Residents at a point mounted road blocks at the landfill site and prevented refuse trucks from dumping waste at the site over what they said was failure by authorities to decommission the site, in spite of numerous promises.
Government however listened to the plea of the residents and awarded the landfill site for de-commissioning and re-engineering to the giant waste management company, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, in 2020.
During a working visit to the site on Friday April, 9 2021, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, was happy with the contractor, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, for good work done on the Kpone de-commissioning and re-engineering landfill site.
She said "you have not disappointed us, and we are impressed with the level of work."
The Kpone decommision and re- engineering landfill site, which covers about 47 acres of land, when completed will be turned into a recreational facility.
The Minister therefore called for support from Ghanaians for the government as it embarks on human intervention projects.
She acknowledged the president, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo, for prioritizing water and sanitation in his government.
"He brought sanitation to the fore, and we are seeing the fruits of this," she stated. The Minister also acknowledged the president for the freebies during the height of the Covid-19.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, suggested that such projects should be replicated in other landfills across the country.
The Chairman of Zoomlion, Dr. Joseph Siaw-Agyepong, on his part, observed that the project shows a sign of good leadership and innovation and he attributed this to President Nana Addo.
"Research in Africa shows that there are no re-engineering and de-commissioning of landfill sites in Africa but thanks to President Nana Addo we have one in Ghana," he stressed.
On behalf of the local contractors, he thanked the Sanitation Minister for believing and given them the opportunity to work.
"We local contractors have learnt a lot of skill from this assignment," he mentioned.
He prayed that the site would become a model for other countries to learn from so their skills will be sort after across the world.
He assured the Minister that, they are committed and focus to ensure that the project is completed on time.
The project was awarded to Zoomlion in 2020 and it is expected to be completed in December 2021.
EAP consult were also contracted to supervise the work to ensure quality assurance and value for money.
The site has currently stopped receiving waste and it is in the encapsulation process. It has also drilled gas wells to trap gas. Fencing has also been carried out across the site.
The next stage is to cover the fill, undertake landscaping and revegetation.