The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, accompanied by the Minister for Zongo and Inner City Development, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid on Monday inspected completed household toilet facilities for residents in some suburbs of Accra.
Beneficiary communities include coastal settlements such as Chorko, Jamestown, among others.
The facilities numbering 250 were constructed at no cost to the beneficiaries through the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Water and Sanitation Project with funding from the Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development.
Addressing journalists after the inspection, Mayor Sowah reiterated the need to ensure that sanitation at the beachfront was improved to boost the tourism potential of the coastal enclave hence the provision of the facilities.
He disclosed that the criteria for selection were based on the need for it and the availability of space.
He pointed out that provision of the facilities form part of the President's contribution to ending open defecation in the country, adding that about 5000 residents in the communities would benefit.
"The issue of Liquid waste management contributed to the country being ranked as the dirtiest and as such we are happy to say that these are contribution from President to change the situation. When we talk about clean Accra, it's not just about solid waste but liquid as well. Liquid waste is very important and its rankings are higher than solid waste and being mindful that we are providing household and communal toilets to arrest the situation, “he said.
"Currently as we speak the Accra has excess capacity to treat liquid waste. These interventions and many other we working on to help halt open defecation, " he added.
On the issue of maintenance and monitoring the AMA boss assured that Environmental Health Officers of the Assembly would be inspecting the facilities as well as other environmental issues in the community periodically to ensure proper maintenance.
He warned residents who defecate in the open to desist from the practice as the Assembly would intensify its enforcement activities to curb the menace.
The Minister noted that the gesture forms part of a broader agenda to help achieve the President's vision of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa.
He expressed satisfaction with the level of work and acceptance by residents adding that “as individuals, it is essential to defecate with some level of decency."
He assured that his ministry would be constructing more of such facilities to complement efforts by the AMA to end open defecation in the city and urged beneficiaries to take good care of the facilities.
Some Residents who admitted they defecate at unapproved places due to the unavailability of places of convenience expressed their joy at the intervention provided by the government through the ministry and its allied agencies.