Accra, Oct. 4, GNA – The Accra Metropolitan
Assembly (AMA) has inaugurated a toilet facility for the Independence Avenue
Cluster of Schools in Accra to improve sanitation.
The facility was constructed under the Greater
Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project (GAMA-SWP) with
sponsorship from the World Bank.
This brings to 23 new institutional toilets in
various schools under the jurisdiction of the AMA.
Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah, the Accra
Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), briefing the Ghana News Agency at the
inauguration, said the initiative by GAMA-SWP to construct institutional and
household toilets would help improve sanitation in the Greater Accra Region.
Provision of sanitation facilities was a key
development intervention the Government had initiated, which was impacting
positively on individuals, households and communities in the Metropolis, he
Mr Sowah called for an increase in investment
towards sanitation to accelerate President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision
of making Accra the cleanest city.
He blamed the negative attitudes of some of
the people towards waste management, which, he said, was the cause of flooding
and cholera outbreak in some parts of Accra.
However, he said, the adoption of the latest
technology to deal with environmental sanitation by the AMA had improved the
situation resulting in no cholera case being recorded in the Metropolis since
“We are changing the story of Accra to become
a beautiful city, such as greening of all available spaces and pursuing the
good cause with aggressiveness to ensure that the President’s dream of making
the city clean becomes a reality,” the AMA Chief Executive said.
Mr George Asiedu, the GAMA-SWP National
Coordinator and Consultant, said under the project, 260 institutional toilets
were to be constructed, out of which 105 had been completed in 11 selected
municipalities in Accra, covering 82 schools.
He said the key challenge of the school toilet
facility was the payment of water bills and the dislodging of feacal waste and
called on the Ghana Education Service (GES), the Parent Teacher Associations
and other stakeholders to provide supplementary funding to sustain the project.
Mr Asiedu suggested that the best way to
ensure the sustainability of the facilities was for each student to contribute
GH¢5.00 a month for the maintenance of the toilets to prolong their life-span
for 15 years and beyond.
Mrs Margaret Frimpong-Kore, the Accra
Metropolitan Director of the GES, expressed gratitude to the AMA and GAMA-SWP
for providing the facility.