Mafi Kumase launches a three- year sanitation improvement project

By
Caleb Kuleke, GNA

Mafi Kumase (V/R),
Dec. 03, GNA – The chiefs and people of Mafi Kumase in the Central Tongu
District of the Volta Region have launched a three-year sanitation improvement
project.

The project is to be
implemented between January, 2020 and December, 2023 and aimed at addressing
sanitation problems within the community and its environs to promote healthy
living and economic growth. 

It was launched at
the 30th “Tsiza” (Water Festival) anniversary celebration of
the people dubbed, “Self -help development, reconnecting our past with the
future : The turn of sanitation.”

Togbe Brebtua IV,
Mankralo of Mafi Traditional Area, said the horrifying sanitation situation in
the area was taking a toll on the socio-economic activities and health
conditions of the people, hence the initiative to curb the situation.

He said the project
would focus on provision of improved household toilet facility and sustained
public education on personal and environmental hygiene as well as tree planting
to beautify the environment and give freshness to the atmosphere and the
community.

Togbe Brebtua said
the project aimed at providing 5,000 households with bio-digester latrines
across the catchment area at an estimated cost of Gh¢2,000.00 for each, of
which the fund shall be based on 50/50 cost sharing between the project and the
beneficiaries.

He said, “it is our
strongest belief that when we are able to achieve the objective of this
intervention, many more opportunities including; job openings for the youth, a
healthy working population among others would be established in the area,”
and appealed to government, benevolent and corporate institutions for support.

Mr Michael Yaw
Gyato, Deputy Minister, Sanitation and Water Resources, lauded the chiefs and
the people for the project and pledged the Ministry’s support.

“The Ministry of
Sanitation and Water Resources will lend its support to the good people of Mafi
Kumase in their endeavour to deal with any difficulties that may hinder their
quest to improve the state of sanitation in their communities,” he stated

Mr Alexander Gabby
Hottordze, Member of Parliament for the area also commended the chiefs and the
people for the initiative and pledged his support for its success.

He said good
sanitation ensured healthy living and enhanced rapid socioeconomic development,
therefore it was imperative for all to keep the surroundings clean.

The MP said plans
were completed to upgrade the community’s clinic to a polyclinic status and also
to fix its dysfunctional street lights and that of Adidome to improve the
lighting system and security in the catchment area.

GNA

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