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5500 Household Toilets Built So Far Out Of 30,000 Targets Under 1 House 1 Toilet Project – KMA

The World Bank’s Water and Sanitation project was extended to the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area to help increase the level of sanitation in the metropolis after a couple of years of its implementation in the Greater Accra Region.

The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) in respect of the project lobbed 30, 000 toilets to be built for homes lacking toilet facilities in the Greater Kumasi Area including the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Old Tafo Municipal Assembly, Suame Municipal Assembly, Asokwa Municipal Assembly, Oforikrom Municipal Assembly, Kwadaso Municipal, Ejisu Municipal and Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly. This was under the 1 Household 1 Toilet Project.

Speaking with Opemsuo News Reporters, Effah Mensah William and Monica Mary Appiah-Manu, the Environmental Officer for the KMA, Mr Joseph Kiddy-Kodua speaking on the progress of the project said 5500 out of the target has been achieved so far.

He reiterated that the project seeks to deal with poor sanitation and open defecation.

Mr Kiddy-Kodua accentuated that the KMA has so far built 539 toilets for households specifically in the KMA jurisdiction while 200 are still in progress and to be completed soon.

Simultaneously, the five sub-metros under the KMA have put in the effort to achieve considerable numbers with respect to the project. Bantama Sub-Metro has built 166, Manhyia North has constructed 167, Manhyia South has raised 45, Nhyiaeso has put up 98, Subin Sub metro has built 55, and other adjoining areas have 8 amounting to a total of 539 household toilet facilities so far.

Mr Joseph Kiddy-Kodua however urged residents of the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area who do not have toilet facilities in their homes to reach the Assembly for a fully furnished water closet toilet facility.

He indicated that the project only cost GHC1200 and GHC700 depending on the standard available on the table.

In spite of the progress and achievement so far on the project, the KMA’s Environmental Officer said there has been low patronage by the residents because of the level of awareness on the project and seeks to do more.

He emphasized that it is mandatory by law for every household to get a toilet facility which the Assembly has started prosecuting offenders.

The Assembly’s authority, therefore, urged residents of the Greater Kumasi enclave who do not have toilets in their homes to contact their Assembly, Sub Metros or the KMA to secure a toilet facility to escape any uncertainty such as arrest and prosecution.

Mr Kiddy-Kodua added that the initiative will be extended to institutions such as schools, hospitals etc. that lack toilet facilities early next year, 2023.

Source: Effah and Monica.

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