The Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, at the weekend commissioned a pilot public place of convenience referred to as ‘Biofil Toilet Systems’ at La, Accra.
Amissah-Arthur commended the engineers of the Biofil Toilet Systems, K. Anno Engineering Limited, for putting up the facility.
The vice president noted that the introduction of the facility into the country had come as a welcome relief to households that are still battling with the provision of public places of convenience for tenants, adding that it would reduce or eliminate the rampant defecating along beaches and other places.
He further mentioned that the Biofil Toilet System, being a purely Ghanaian initiative, has opening for ancillary services or create job opportunities for the manufacture of the components.
Mr. Amissah-Arthur urged corporate Ghana to sponsor large-scale production of the facility for deprived communities to help resolve the sanitation challenges of the country.
The French Ambassador in Ghana, Frederick Clavier, assured the vice president of his country’s commitment to help Ghana to improve its sanitation situation.
Director-General of the National Lotteries Authority (NLA), Brigadier-General (Rtd) Ahiaglo, said the NLA would consider sponsoring the production of the sanitary facility as its corporate social responsibility to help humanity.
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Julius Debrah, said the introduction of the four single units of the Biofil Toilet System atthe La community was a pilot project which would be extended nationwide.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for La Dade-Kotopon, Rita Odoley Sowah, said the municipality was the hardest hit by the recent cholera pandemic and said she was happy that the area was the first to host the Biofil Toilet System pilot project.
The Head of Communications of K.A. Anno Engineering Limited, Prof. Sackey, said the Biofil Toilet System operates on the principle of aerobic decomposition, creating a living filter where natural organisms such as snails, earthworms and beetles and other micro organisms thrive to break down the solid waste into useful products, good for agricultural purposes.
A beneficiary of the Biofil Toilet System being piloted, Christiana Laryea who is also the owner of a house with 11 occupants, thanked the MLGRD for the facility.
In another development, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr. Julius Debrah, has inspected a signage at Ihe Ga West Municipal Assembly at Amasaman.
THe Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) Sam Atokwei Quaye, who conducted the minister round the communities said the assembly identifed six communities and was happy that the mounting of the signage in those communities were 90% complete.
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