As part of activities to ensure a safe and enabling environment for the nations cup to be hosted by Ghana, ZoomLion Ghana Limited, a leading private waste management company in collaboration with the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for Ghana 2008, last Friday began a nationwide clean up exercise ahead of the soccer fiesta.
Management of the company said the clean up exercise is to keep the country tidy especially the four venues and other tourist sites before, during and after the most glamorous tournament of the continent.
Lawrence Laryea, Head of Operation, ZoomLion Ghana Limited at a press briefing in Accra indicated that activities being undertaken by his outfit to create an enabling and conducive environment for the tournament include cleaning of beaches, evacuation of refuse, removal of silt from drains, sweeping and painting along major roads and kerbs and other structures along ceremonial routes in the cities of Kumasi, Accra, Sekondi-Takoradi and Tamale.
“Our interest in the Ghana 2008 tournament stems from the fact that waste management is an important component of every activity that results in the congregation of people, hence sporting activities”, noted Lawrence Laryea.
He said the company had been contracted by the LOC and the National Sports Council (NSC) to provide environmental sanitation services for the tournament beginning from January 20th to February 20th 2008.
According to Laryea, ZoomLion was contracted because of its efficiency in waste management which enabled it to perform excellently during the Four Nations Tournament hosted by the country in November last year.
“Our efficient service at the Ohene Djan and Baba Yara stadia has become a memorial one in the nation's soccer history”, he said.
He noted that in line of its activities to ensure the best for the country, the company had recruited 1,000 workers, which would later be extended to 1,200 to work in the aforementioned venues in the country.
Mr. Laryea explained that out of the 1,000 workers, 300 workers each would be working at both the Ohene Djan and Baba Yara stadia in Accra and Kumasi with 200 workers each working in Tamale and Sekondi-Takoradi respectively.
He said workers recruited to perform these tasks are Janitors, sweepers, supervisors, tricycle riders, drivers, mechanics, drain desilters and gardeners.
Stressing on the uneven number of workers deplored to these venues, Mr. Laryea stated that the size of the stadia coupled with the population of the area and drains and streets leading to the stadia were some of the issues taken into consideration.
Mrs. Isabella Gyau Ohin, Communications Manager of ZoomLion said in order to achieve the best for the company whilst creating an enabling environment for Ghana 2008 tourney, the company sent a delegation to Germany in October 2007 to tour all the stadia approved by FIFA and to learn from experts who handled the stadia in terms of waste management to apply the same during the nations cup.
She said the company was now in a better position and poised to deliver the ultimate for the country during and after the tournament.
Mrs. Ohin explained that the launch of the Lorry Park Sanitation Project in October 2007 as part of their sanitation programme ahead of the nation's cup stemmed from the fact that “lorry parks are the main centres of economic activities and the first point of call for several tourists on arrival”.
She noted that over a thousand litter bins were provided to the various lorry parks across the country to ensure proper environmental sanitation in those areas.
“Ensuring proper sanitation habits therefore will be key for the tournament”, she stressed.