Authorities of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) on 23rd November 2020 hosted the launching of the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project.
The project as disclosed by officials is a sequel to the most touted Greater Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project which is expected to close on 31st December 2020.
The parent GAMA sanitation and Water Project was implemented in the Greater Accra Metropolitan area and has been awarded the Most Impactful WASH project in Ghana over the past decade, overachieving the project’s target results by 150%.
Consequent to its successful implementation in Accra, the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources led by the Hon Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah considered the need to replicate the innovation solutions of GAMA Project in Greater Kumasi.
The launching of its replica was held at the Jubilee park, witnessing the attendance of dignitaries including Hon Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Mayor for the Kumasi Metropolis Hon Osei Assibey, Deputy Director for KMA Yvonne Nabo, MCE for Oforikrom Municipal Assembly Hon Gloria Temmah Gambrah, Ashanti regional Minister Hon Simon Osei Mensah, representative from the World Bank among others.
An amount of US$ 125m received by government of Ghana acting through the Ministry of Sanitation and Water resources from the World Bank according to local authorities has been set aside towards the implementation of the project.
The objective is to increase access to improved sanitation and improved water supply in GKMA with emphasis on low income communities and to strengthen the management of environmental sanitation. It is a 4-year project and it’s expected to close on 31st December 2024.
Speaking at the event, Mayor for Kumasi Hon Osei Assibey was optimistic in his statement that before the end of the project, various households lacking lavatories will be relieved of that challenge and that through the partnership established between the assembly and the Ministry, issues regarding open defecation will be reduced to the barest minimum.
The Project beneficiary Assemblies include eight Metropolitan /Municipal Assemblies (MMDAs) of the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan area, comprising Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Asokwa, Oforikrom, Old Tafo, Suame, Kwadaso, Ejisu and Asokore Mampong Municipal Assemblies.
By Enock Akonnor; Editor-In-Chief (www.leakynews.net)