Before the year 2006, the waste management space was seen as a filthy and low-grade job in Ghana, with business owners unwilling to invest in that sector.
As a result, there were difficulties in managing solid waste in the country and it became an issue of great concern to government and citizens, mainly due to its environmental health implications. It was also stipulated at that time that, Ghana generated about 3.6 million tons of solid waste per year, made up of predominantly organic compost, such as food, plastic and wood waste.
These critical challenges however presented an opportunity for the serial entrepreneur, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong who in 2006 founded the popular waste management company, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, one that would prove to be his most lucrative business to date.
Thus, his innovative method of waste management has not only helped keep Ghana clean but has also put him among one of the richest people in the country, an accolade affirmed by the controversial Member of Parliament (MP), for Assin Central Constituency, Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong.
Noted for always speaking about his wealth, it is very rare for the Assin Central MP to publicly acknowledge other rich people, but he has recently disclosed that, the pioneer in Ghana’s waste management, multiple entrepreneur and business mogul, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong is eleven times richer than him.
He alluded that, Dr. Agyepong takes all chances in business and has come far, making him one of Ghana’s most successful businessman in contemporary times.
He has therefore encouraged the youth of Ghana to emulate Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong a.k.a Jospong owner of the Jospong Group of Companies (JGC) by grabbing whatever opportunities that come their way to make more money to help sustain the economic strands of the country and their own communities.
Mr Agyapong was speaking on Akuafo TV’s Morning show dubbed “Adwenekasa” monitored by ghenvironment.org in Accra.
The maverick New Patriotic Party (NPP) firebrand further disclosed that, he and Siaw Agyepong are brothers both from Assin in the Central Region and have lifted up the image of that community in terms of its name and economic empowerment.
Agyepong’s footprints in waste management
Zoomlion Ghana Limited is a wholly Ghanaian owned company that focuses on delivering total waste management solutions. The company provides integrated waste management solution from waste collection, through haulage, transfer and sorting to recycling and disposal. It is a member of the Environmental Services Providers Association (ESPA) of Ghana and a silver member of the International Solid Waste Management Association (ISWMA, USA).
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ghana, the government in collaboration with Zoomlion have conducted massive nationwide disinfection exercise which was aimed at reducing the rate of spread of the virus at the various public facilities.
Some of the facilities that benefited from the disinfection exercise include the Airports in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale, schools, markets, government institutions, hospitals, and courts among others.
The company has also set out to establish waste treatment plant across the country, and has recently signed and secured 50 million Euros from the Hungarian Government to construct liquid waste treatment plants in western, Ashanti and Northern regions respectively.
At a short ceremony which took place at the Hungary Embassy in Accra in February this year, to sign the agreement, the Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong said, the project aims at building the needed sewerage infrastructure across the country to manage liquid waste.