Majority of houses within Greater Kumasi lacking toilet facilities are compound houses; implementors of GAMA Sanitation and Water Project have disclosed.
A random sampling and assement of 7,141 houses, conducted by officials within the month of March 2021 gave statistical details that 51 percent of the number has no form of toilet facility.
They explained that assuming 10 houses lacking lavatories are selected, 8 will consitute compound houses.
Disclosing the above at a media orientation program in Kumasi held on the 10th of September 2021, it also came up that 127 schools out of 220 which are marked as beneficiaries of the project lack a lavatory.
In addition to the foregoing, 15 healthcare institutions out of 50 which are also marked as beneficiaries of the same project are without a toilet facility.
As away of addressing the challenge, an amount of US $ 50 million out of the US$ 125 million financing support secured by government from the World Bank has been apportioned for greater Kumasi for the funding of an improved sanitation and water supply.
It is an expansion of the successful implementation of Greater Accra’s version (GAMA Sanitation and Water Project).
Under the 4-year project, 30,000 households and 120,000 institutions will be provided with toilet facilities.
In addition, support will be offered to the Ghana Water Company to provide water for 5,000 households in low income areas.
According to Inj. George Asiedu (Project Coordinator), it will as well rehabilitate and expand the Asafo Sewerage system for which feasibility studies are ongoing.
Speaking at the event, Hon Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources assured that government through her ministry will continue to find pragmatic measures to address Ghana’s sanitation and water problems.
“Improved sanitation and water has always been a cornerstone for the development of all countries and the NPP government strongly believes that providing access to improved toilet for Ghanaians improves health and health eradicates opportunistic diseases.”
The event was a one-day media orientation workshop organised under the auspices of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources.
The aim was to formally introduce the project to the media following successful implementation of the project in Accra-GAMA.
The ministry has received an additional funding support towards the expansion of the GAMA project to include Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly Area (GKMA).