The Management of Zoomlion Ghana Limited has expressed disappointment in a directive by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), instructing Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) against renewing contracts with the waste management firm.
According to the company, it finds the situation quite regrettable, especially the publications in the media on comments attributed to the Hon. James Klutse Avedzi, Chairman of the PAC on Wednesday, 20th September 2023, cautioning MMDAs against renewing contracts with Zoomlion.
The Company further revealed that it finds it “unfortunate” that such a directive will be given regarding its fumigation contracts with MMDAs, whereas the two parties have not been brought together to discuss any contractual issues.
Among other things, Zoomlion stated that the publication suggested that Parliament had sanctioned the non-renewal of its waste management contracts. Conversely, the Company noted that it is unaware of any such indication from the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development, or any of the other contracting parties, namely the MMDCEs.
“Following the PAC hearing, there has been no adverse report or further queries from the PAC suggesting any irregularities with Zoomlion’s performance.
“This, to us, indicates that the PAC was satisfied with the explanations and evidence we provided during the hearing. It is therefore surprising to us hearing such damaging reportage from the Chair of the PAC.”Zoomlion Ghana Limited
Furthermore, Zoomlion insisted that the company operates with the utmost integrity and professionalism and have consistently upheld its contractual obligations with the MMDAs. It equally explained that Parliament is not party to the subsisting contract.
“Zoomlion on 8th June 2022 actively participated in a PAC hearing to address questions and provide comprehensive explanations with evidence regarding the issues raised in the Auditor General’s report.
“During this hearing, the company presented substantial evidence to demonstrate our commitment to fulfilling our contractual obligations to the MMDAs.”Zoomlion Ghana Limited
Moreover, Zoomlion reckoned that it is in the best interest of and fairness to all parties involved to engage in open and constructive dialogue rather than resorting to actions and pronouncements that may tarnish the image of the company.
It revealed that over the years, Zoomlion has consistently delivered world-class waste management services to various MMDAs, resulting in a significant reduction in sanitation related health issues across the country.
To this end, the company expressed that it remains committed to upholding the highest standards of service delivery and compliance with all contractual obligations.
“We are open to continued collaboration and dialogue with the relevant authorities to address any concerns and ensure the continued provision of exceptional waste management services.”Zoomlion Ghana Limited
Zoomlion committed to serving sanitation needs
Additionally, Zoomlion Ghana Limited highlighted that it continues to pursue its transformational agenda of establishing state- of -the – art waste recycling plants, wastewater treatment plants and medical waste treatment plants, among others across the sixteen regions of the country.
It noted that this is to help modernize waste management in Ghana and will not be distracted by such publications.
“Zoomlion is also set in digitizing payment for waste collection with the launch of its “change your borla style” E-payment system to make payment for waste collection in Ghana, a seamless and easy thing to do.Zoomlion Ghana Limited
Elaborating on its relevance, Zoomlion Ghana Limited emphasized that it remains a responsible corporate entity that works ethically with integrity to promote environmental sanitation across the country. In light of this, it stated that it finds such publication a “deliberate attempt to dent the hard-earned reputation” of the company, both in Ghana and at the global level.
“The Management of Zoomlion Ghana Limited wishes to reassure its stakeholders and the general public that it had done no wrong and calls on the media to be decorous in their reportage of such national reports against the company which has been at the forefront of driving sustainable waste management in Ghana and beyond.”Zoomlion Ghana Limited