Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies, Joseph Siaw Agyepong, has warded off suggestions that the fact that he owes a horde of companies makes him greedy.
Joseph Siaw Agyepong owns over 40 companies including the country’s largest waste management company, Zoomlion Ghana Limited; SUBAH Infosolutions; the Road Safety Management Services Limited, which has been awarded the mandatory vehicle towing contract.
The controversial business mogul in a rare radio interview stated on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM Tuesday, his joy is “to see people working”. Advertisement
“I don’t say that I’m greedy.
“One company is enough to take care of me and my five children. When I create a business, it’s because of employment,” Mr. Agyepong told Kojo Yankson, host of the Show.
Born March 20, 1971, on a farm land in Assin-Amoabeng in the Central Region, Felix as he was named then by his mother, is the 6th of 17 children to his father, who would later change his name to Joseph years later.
His poor background pushed him into “trying to find solutions to problems in society”.
He sees himself as “someone trying to create employment for people [and] to create an environment that will make people work,” stressing, “I consider myself as someone blessed and I have to share the blessing with society”. He bemoaned the current Ghanaian “system” which he said, practically makes it impossible for young people to start up a business after college education.
The sad thing he noted, “is that you are doing business as a local businessman and at the same time you have foreigners competing with you for the same business.”
He fears that soon, “foreigners will cook and sell waakye,” a delicious meal made from boiled rice and beans enjoyed by Ghanaians, if a decision is not taken to benefit local businesses.
Things will be better he said, only “if we can look at the system and see how best we can customize the system for Ghanaians.”
Mr. Siaw Agyepong, therefore, called for the urgent need to protect local businesses maintaining that,“If the demand is not there, there is nothing you can do.”