By: Fred Yaw Sarpong- Daily Express
The Safi Sana Ghana Limited, a wholly foreign owned company from Netherlands is investing about US$1.69 million in the services sector of Ghana’s economy.
The company is among top five companies that registered with the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) in the third quarter of 2015.
The other four companies are AKSA Energy Company Limited, Karpowership Ghana Company Limited, Jubaili Agrotec Limited, and Mulch Company Limited.
According to the GIPC, Safi Sana project concept is designed to push the frontiers of innovation in waste treatment and reuse. “It prides itself in building business models into activities along the entire sanitation value chain – waste collection, transportation, treatment and reuse,” a statement from GIPC stated.
GIPC said “the approach by Safi Sana is one that has sustainability in-built into its business model to ensure that the solutions to sanitation are viable. The renewable energy Act (Act 832), passed in 2011 which seeks to promote the generation of energy with renewable resources also strengthens Safi Sana’s reuse concept.”
Daily Express gathered that organic fertilizer and electricity are the two end products of Safi Sana’s concept of waste treatment and re-use.
“The project will produce biogas from the digestion of solid organic and fecal waste which can be used as fuel to generate electricity. The Ministry of Food and Agriculture's policy of promoting organic fertilizer to improve the horticulture industry in Ghana is a further boost to Safi Sana’s project concept,” GIPC noted.
The centre said Safi Sana project is designed to positively touch lives since water and sanitation are critical for people living in urban poor communities. “The success of the project could influence future policy and practices regarding municipal waste treatment and reuse in Ghana,” it added.
Being a close loop concept, Safi Sana’s project is said to offer a circular value chain and promises to deliver the following benefits which include reduction in the incidence of flooding; improved sanitation; green electricity; green-label readily available fertilizers; local job creation; and research and Innovation as part of the project benefits.
The Safi Sana project is the first of many projects by the company intended to be established in the country. It is envisaged that many more of this concept will be replicated in several cities across the country.
GIPC informed that the project currently under development will impact 100,000 people. With each project expected to create a minimum of 20 direct jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs at full capacity.