Friday, 08 December

'You're just wasting money' – PAC says MMDAs not getting benefits from waste management contracts

Mr James Klutse Avedzi, the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)

Mr James Klutse Avedzi, the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), has said Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) are not getting the required benefits from their sanitation contracts with private waste management company Zoomlion.

He has, thus, urged them to refrain from renewing contracts with the company.

During a public accounts committee hearing in Ho, the Ketu North MP emphasised that parliament had endorsed the decision not to renew the waste management company's contract.

This caution arose following the failure of the Fanteakwa South Municipal Assembly to provide the necessary documents for the renewal of its contract with Zoomlion.

Furthermore, the committee has recommended a thorough review of the existing agreements with Zoomlion, considering that many Assemblies lack transparency in their contractual terms with the company.

Mr Avedzi stated, "I am informed that there is a clause in the contract that allows for automatic renewal unless the assembly communicates its intention not to renew. Therefore, I urge you to revisit your contract documents, refer to that clause, and inform Zoomlion that you will not renew the contract when it expires because you are not receiving any benefits, but rather, you are just squandering that money."

Mr Avedzi's warning comes at a time of increasing concerns regarding the cost-effectiveness and transparency of Zoomlion's contracts with MMDAs.