Jekora Ventures, a domestic waste management company in Ghana, has performed satisfactorily, scoring 80.6% of the third quarter of 2018 performance report released by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) for waste management companies in the Accra metropolis.
According to AMA, while none of the service providers was able to secure marks above 85% for excellent performance, Jekora Ventures scored 80.6%.
The AMA noted that the remaining service providers in seven service zones performed below average with the following scores; Zoomlion Domestic in Ayawaso Central 61.8%, Zoomlion Domestic in Ablekuma Central 61.5%, Metropolitan Waste and Allied Services in Ablekuma Central, 43.0%, J Stanley Owusu and Company Limited 40.7%, Metropolitan Waste and Allied Services in Ablekuma South 36.0%, Tropical Waste in Ashiedu Keteke 28.3% and Meskworld Limited in Ashiedu Keteke 22.1%.
The report on the performance of the various waste management companies operating in the metropolis for the third quarter of 2018 based on their service zones within six sub-metros.
The report evaluated the performance of six (6) contractors namely J. Stanley Owusu and Co., Limited (Okaikoi South), Metropolitan Waste and Allied Services (Ablekuma South and Central), Zoomlion Domestic Waste Services (Ablekuma Central and Ayawaso Central), Meskworld Co., Limited (Ashiedu Keteke), Tropical Waste Limited (Ashiedu Keteke) and Jekora Ventures Limited (Osu Klottey).
Deputy Head of Waste Management, Mr Victor Kotey, who briefed journalists in Accra last Monday, said indicators used for the evaluation were derived from the Fee and Performance Based Solid Waste Collection Service Franchise Agreement between respective service providers and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) signed in August 2016.
That, he said, included the ability to register all premises in service zones, maintain a register of all premises receiving service, supply ‘Standard solid waste bins (plastic or metallic), promote recycling, integrate informal waste collectors as well as service clients regularly.
The rest were collaboration with relevant departments to ensure clean environment, service coverage, maintenance of designated sanitary sites, provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) at all times, submission of monthly reports and innovation in the collection of market waste.
He said data on household registration, bins supplied, equipment holding and tour schedules were collected from service providers using formats provided by the waste management department for the performance evaluation process, adding that the assessment was categorised into two sections—Capacity of Service Providers and Actual Service Delivery performance.
He disclosed that Jekora Ventures during the assessment were innovative by engaging in compost production, pilot waste segregation, and provided incentives for corporate clients who properly separated their waste among others.
“The service provider collaborated with AMA and other stakeholders to introduce innovations and improve services. One of such collaboration was “Mayor’s Pilot Waste Segregation” in basic schools in the Osu Klottey Sub Metro, he said, adding that, on capacity of contractors equipment holding Jekora had adequate resources to provide efficient services but lacked back up for skip trucks.
He urged all service providers to improve their services to achieve targets set in the Franchise Agreement within their respective timelines, promote reduction and recycling, increase working interactions with the waste management and metro public health departments of the assembly as well as increase service coverage.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU
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