Former President Jerry John Rawlings has said that, he used to get very angry at owners of waste management giant, Zoomlion for the monopoly the company enjoyed especially under his successor, John Agyekum Kufuor.
Mr. Rawlings said, it beats him why government allowed the company to enjoy so much monopoly in the waste management sector at the detriment of other equally good companies.
In his view, it did not make sense when huge amount of the district assembly funds were allocated to Zoomlion,while other companies, were left in the business of collecting waste.
Mr. Rawlings who said this at the 12th annual thanksgiving service of the JOSPONG Group of Companies, last Friday in Accra, said he wanted the sector to be diversified but that wish never happened until recently.
He said he only began to appreciate the works of the Executive Chairman of the company, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyapong after the party he founded, the National Democratic Congress (NDC),won political power and he saw some of it members, associating with him.
“This group of companies, much as I used to get angry at the mention of them in the beginning, I used to ask myself, how many people will dig in and do this kind of work?
Why was I getting angry? Because, I had heard that a huge percentage of the district assembly’s budget had been calved out to them alone. No competitors, yes no competitors, so much money and I thought you know some of that money should have been calved out to other private entrepreneurs talking about the private sector in order to introduce many others and ensure that there was competition.
But no, it all went to this man. And then when we came into office, I thought maybe some of these things will change but the first thing I saw one day on TV, was so many of our MPs were congratulating this man. What is happening in this country? Has he reached these ones too already?”
Mr Rawlings confession, confirms the victimization Zoomlion had to go suffer at the initial stage of late Prof. Evans Atta Mills administration.
The late President and then later, former President John Mahama at a point in their administrations, admitted that some bigwigs of the NDC, wanted the monopoly of Zoomlion enjoyed stopped so that other private companies in the sanitation sector, also benefitted from government contracts.
He commended Dr Siaw Agyapong for his employing a good number of Ghanaians, introducing logistics for the sector and his foresight saying “creating and building does not come easily” adding that even though initially his information was that he started from a kiosk, he has done well for himself and the country in its fight against filth.
He also expressed gratitude to Dr. Siaw Agyapong for his generosity in helping him pay for his bills
According to Mr. Rawlings, even though the fight against filth has still not been won, he believes but for the contribution and intervention of Zoomlion, the situation would have been worst comparatively. He described as “uncivilized” the attitude of dumping refuse any where simply because law enforcers have failed.
Source: Herald/Gifty Arthur