Zoomlion and AMA workers collecting filth at the Tema Station.
Zoomlion and AMA workers collecting filth at the Tema Station.

The Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project (GAMA-SWP), has extended its household toilet campaign at the May Day celebration to entreat Ghanaians to the provision of the facility at GHc1, 100.

It is an opportunity being provided by the government through the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) with support from the World Bank to assist low income urban communities to own the facility in their home to curb open defecation.

The project is estimated to provide 19,500 household toilets in the GAMA-SWP area of jurisdiction to ensure effective management of environmental sanitation, while constructing 260 free of charge school toilets as part of initiatives to make Accra the cleanest city.

Mr Graham Sarbah, the Coordinator of GAMA-SWP for the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said beneficiary households would be expected to pay an amount of 1,100 for a household toilet facility.

He expressed regret that majority of the urban population practice open defecation, adding that “meeting these challenges will require new strategies and a concerted efforts by all.”

Some of the new strategies identified were the financing options being arranged with selected banks to provide loans to interested households, mobile money payment platform where beneficiaries can contribute in instalment towards the construction of the facility.

The Coordinator said through Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies, government would soon start prosecuting all landlords who do not have toilets in their homes after the end of the project in 2020.

He said the exercise which was being undertaken by GAMA-SWP was in the best interest of households, especially landlords to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the MSWR to solve the sanitation challenges in the Metropolis.


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