Sanitation ministry to replicate GAMA water, sanitation project nationwide

The Sanitation and Water Resources Ministry has announced that it will soon replicate the GAMA Water and Sanitation Project to other parts of the country.

The proposed up-scaling follows huge strides recorded in the implementation of the pro-poor project in the Greater Accra Region.

GAMA, through the World Bank is expected to provide eighteen thousand affordable, environmental friendly state of the toilet facilities to low income and urban communities and expand access to potable water to these areas by 2020.

The World Vision International estimates that about 15 in every 100 Ghanaians have access to sanitation facilities and services, while nearly all public schools lack access to improved sanitation and hygiene facilities.

So far, more that fifteen thousand four hundred toilets have been constructed for households in various assemblies within the catchment area for the ongoing Greater Accra Metropolitan Water and Sanitation Project.

This figure according to project managers is subject to change considering the rate with which contractors are constructing the facilities based on the increasing demand.

Liquid Waste Programs Manager, Henrietta Osei-Tutu hinted “once you start the initiative in other areas, it means that all the resources required, both human and financial has to be in place, and it takes time to mobilize these things.”

The leader for the capacity building component of the GAMA Water and Sanitation project added “GAMA has given us so many lessons through the capacity building component which is helping us draw lessons so that when we move to other areas we will not repeat some of the draw backs recorded in GAMA. This project now serves as a blueprint to move to other areas.”

According to the Liquid Waste Programs Manager, “the ministry is working assiduously to achieve the target of having sustainable toilets for all. We are also in talks with other funding agencies while we develop the concept of up-scaling to other urban areas. I cannot give you specific timelines for the expansion but I can assure you however that, we are developing all the necessary framework designs and concepts that are required to be able to replicate this success story in other urban areas in Ghana.”

Update on Water and Sanitation Project

Managers of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Assembly Water and Sanitation Project say figures available to them as at December 19, 2018 points to the successful completion of more than 15,400 household toilets.

The project has also completed a total of 106 out of proposed 400 education institutional toilets to be provided more than in over 100 schools across the project catchment area.

More so, the water component of the project according to Henrietta Osei-Tutu “has even a better story than the sanitation component.”

“With the sanitation component, we had to do a lot of studies, assessments and pilots before we were able to scale up to achieve the success we have”, she revealed.

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The Liquid Waste Programs Manager at the Sanitation Ministry added “the water component on the other hand was quite specific.

They started out mainly with their initiative which was the construction and extension of pipe mains for houses to be able to connect in low income areas especially where the mains which are the bigger pipes that distribute water were not passing through.”

The water component is said to have exceeded its target, connecting areas that hitherto had serious water challenges like Adenta. The project is currently in Ga East where suburbs like Taifa, Kwabenya and the like have access to potable water now.

Challenges with management of school toilets

Like most public facilities, the poor maintenance culture is thwarting efforts by the GAMA project to provide decent toilet facilities for schools.

A good number of the completed school toilets according to project managers are in bad shape owing to the poor maintenance culture and seeming lake of concern by district and municipal assembly officers to keep the facilities functioning the way it ought to.

Solid Waste Director at the Sanitation Ministry, Charlotte Adjei-Marfo noted “the figures and reports we have on assessments of school toilets are very disturbing. The management of the ones we have built has been a big issue and it is the responsibility of the municipal assemblies to cater for the toilets through budgetary allocations from the assemblies”.

Behavioral Change Specialist working on the GAMA project, Kuranchie Adama-Tettey revealed that GAMA would soon come up with a district league table for schools on the management of their toilet facilities.

He said “the school within the GAMA area would be encouraged to come up with sustainable ways of managing their school toilets, not just ways but how they are doing it and succeeding. This would help us award marks and recognize the schools that are doing well in that regard”.

Bio-digester Technology

GAMA is deploying the Bio-digester Toilet System which is an on-site treatment system for faecal matter. The technology replaces the septic tank by receiving and treating faecal matter directly from the water closets. More than 90% of beneficiary households have had the technology installed with the toilet constructed for them.

Behavioral Change Specialist working on the GAMA project, Kuranchie Adama-Tettey maintains s“the bio-digester technology has become useful because it is small, much more affordable and can be constructed in very clumsy areas”.

He however adds that “we are aware that people are constructing this bio-digester toilets without the requisite skills and knowledge on how to construct them, so as a project, because we have made the bio-digester technology popular, we do not want to leave it at that. We want to go further into developing guidelines that somebody can pick up to be able to follow to properly construct the bio-digester toilets and also do them well”.

Mr Tettey said they will engage private sector to also develop the service chain for the technology to create a business model for people to engage and benefit from.

Projections for 2019

The GAMA Water and Sanitation Project is hoping to get additional funding next year to facilitate the construction of more storm drains and also undertake an upstream and downstream extension of the Mallam drain. This is aimed at helping address perennial flooding in the capital.

The Project managers are also seeking to work to improve sewerage systems by major giving attention to the Teshie Treatment Plant and Tema Sewerage System.

Pupils pay GH¢5 toilet facilities maintenance fees

Authorities of  Public Basic Schools in the La Nkwantanang and Ga East Municipalities  are charging pupils five Cedis per term for maintenance of  toilet facilities in  schools constructed under the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, GAMA Sanitation and Water Project.

Although this levy is taken separately from  PTA dues  each term, the Head Teachers believe it is inadequate because they have to employ the services of janitors to clean these facilities.

This came to light when members of the Media Coalition Against Open Defecation inspected a number of toilet facilities constructed under the GAMA Sanitation and Water Project.

The schools visited are the Madina S.D.A, Queen of Peace R/C and Wass Experimental basic schools in the La Nkwantanang Municipal Assembly as well as the Abokobi Presby “1” Primary Basic school in the Ga East Municipality.

There were 12 toilet units in each school, serving more than three thousand three hundred pupils in the 4 schools.

Interestingly, all the schools visited charge pupils 5 cedis per term for  maintenance of the facility.

According to the headmistress of Queen of Peace R/C basic school Rhoda Dabinla, the amount is inadequate. She said ” the 5 cedis per term is not enough….we dont have enough money to pay two janitors so we have employed only one for now” 

Headmaster of Wass Experimental Basic School Samuel Kolbila shared similar sentiments.

Patron of the Media Coalition against Open Defecation Dr. Doris Dartey raised concerns about the poor maintenance of the facilities. 

“So far we haven’t been satisfied with the maintenance of this world class facilities. What will be the state of these state of the art facilities in a few years from now?”

The GAMA Sanitation and Water Project is a World Bank initiative aimed at improving sanitation and water supply to low income communities in Ghana.

The tour of the schools by members of the Media Coalition against Open Defecation was supported by GAMA Project.

Source: www. gbcghanaonline.com

M-Code and GAMA inspect toilet facilities in schools

Education Schools Toilet

By Eunice Hilda Ampomah, GNA    

Accra, July 25, GNA – The Media Coalition Against Open Defaecation (M-CODe) and the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) on Thursday inspected new toilet facilities constructed for schools under the GAMA toilet project.

The inspection, conducted in schools within the La-Nkwantanang Madina and Ga East Municipal Assemblies, was also to ensure that the facilities served the needs of the schools. It was also to ensure that the facilities were properly maintained to prolong its usefulness and put a total halt to open defecation.

The schools toured included the Madina SDA School, the Queen of Peace “A and B” Basic Schools in Madina, the WASS Junior High School (JHS) in Adenta and the Abokobi Presby One Basic School.

The team observed that all the schools had janitors, hired to keep the facilities in good shape, however some of the school administrators were not happy with their numbers.

They said the schools were constrained by the non-availability of funds to engage more janitors.

Mr Joseph Quacoe, the Municipal Environmental Health Officer of the La Nkwantanang Municipal Assembly said it was unfortunate to see people still practicing open defecation after all the comprehensive education and enforcement of the law against the practice in the Municipality.

Mr Quacoe, who is also the GAMA Coordinator, said an assessment by GAMA in 2015 showed that about only 45 per cent of households in the Municipality had toilet facilities, however, the percentage had risen to 61 currently, which was a positive sign.

He said some perpetrators of open defecation, who were sentenced to some few months’ imprisonment, and were released, had resorted to the old practice, and therefore they had proposed a hard communal labour sentence for such offenders as punishment.

Dr Doris Yaa Dartey, the Patron of M-CODe said she was happy that steps had been taken to eliminate open defecation in many schools.

She, however, said the problem identified in most of the schools during the inspection was the poor maintenance culture.

Dr Dartey expressed concern about how the state of the facilities would be in the next few years, “if within a year of its construction, maintenance was that far from expectation”.

Ms Rhoda Dabinla, the Head teacher of the Queen of Peace R/C Basic School said the School had 12 toilet facilities, which were inadequate for the over 1,000 student population.

Mr Samuel Kolbila, the Headteacher of WASS Experimental JHS said the facility in his School was helpful and encouraged the students to be punctual in school especially those who do not have toilet facilities at home.

Mr Siaw Kwakye, the Headmaster of the “Abokobi Presby 1 Basic School” said the School was thankful for the facility which was serving the over 800 student population.

He said open defecation had been totally eliminated in the school, the only problem they had, was non-availability of funds to hire more janitors to clean up the facility.

He said one challenge was the non-compliance by some parents to pay GHC5.00 per child to enable the School to maintain the facility, after the decision had been agreed by the Parent Teacher Association.

Madam Beatrice Opoku, the Head teacher of the Madina SDA JHS said her School had a total population of 900 students and the 21-toilet facility constructed for them was meeting their needs.

The School, she said, had set up a committee of teachers and students to monitor and ensure that the facility was well maintained.

Source: GNA

Akufo-Addo inspects GAMA’s Kaneshie storm drain construction works

At Kaneshie First Light junction, where an emergency priority storm drain is being constructed, the project manager, Mr. George Asiedu (left), told President Akufo-Addo that the 630-metre-long storm drain will help end the perennial flooding that occurs in Kaneshie and its environs.

At Kaneshie First Light junction, where an emergency priority storm drain is being constructed, the project manager, Mr. George Asiedu (left), told President Akufo-Addo that the 630-metre-long storm drain will help end the perennial flooding that occurs in Kaneshie and its environs.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, inspected ongoing dredging works on the Odaw river, and the construction of a storm drain at Kaneshie First Light in Accra.

The Kaneshie First Light storm drain project is aimed at helping to alleviate the perennial flooding at the place.

The project is being implemented under the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources by the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project.

The Project is being funded by the World Bank.

Accompanied by the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashitey; Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah; Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama; and the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, President Akufo-Addo first visited the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

The site engineer on site, Mr. Wise Ametefe, told President Akufo-Addo that the dredging works currently ongoing are not limited to the Odaw River only, but to the Korle Lagoon and to the estuary.

Upon completion of the project, the site engineer stated that a number of recreational facilities will be constructed on the site of the Odaw River, as part of the Lower Korle Lagoon Redevelopment Project, and urged residents living around the River to desist from throwing refuse into the river, as it has made the process dredging quite difficult.

Mr. Wise Ametefe indicated further that dredging works will be done at Caprice, Avenor, and Agbogbloshie, all in Accra, and in the Korle Lagoon as well.

The site engineer assured President Akufo-Addo that the dredging of the Odaw River will be completed in 18 days’ time, to which the President retorted, “I will come back in 18 days to check”.

Photo: Ing. George Asiedu (extreme left), Project Coordinator of the GAMA Sanitation and Water Project, President Akufo-Addo and Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources at the Kaneshie First Light project site.

At Kaneshie First Light junction, where an emergency priority storm drain is being constructed, the project manager, Mr. George Asiedu, told the President that the 630-metre-long storm drain will help end the perennial flooding that occurs in Kaneshie and its environs.

“It is heartwarming to note that, after Monday’s heavy downpour, there was no flooding at Kaneshie and its environs, even though the work has not been completed. Indeed, the project should have been completed by 15th April, but it is now set to be completed in June this year,” Mr. Asiedu added.

Currently, there are some twenty-one (21) dredging and desilting works currently ongoing in Greater Accra. These include works ongoing at South Kaneshie, Sukura-Mampon, Mataheko, Kaneshie Highway, St Mary’s at Korle Gonno, Calypso Drain at Kpone Katamanso, Awudome, Kwashie Bu, Bale Down Stream, Castle Drain at Klottey Lagoon and Agbogbloshie.

The rest are at Avenor (Kofi Krom), North Kaneshie (CMB Flats), Amasaman Market Drain, Dansoman (Ave Maria), Opete Kwei (Pambros), Chemu Channel, Tetegu, SCC Junction, Muss (Ofankor), and Shiabu-Glefe.

Additionally, there are 11 storm drains currently under construction at Odawna, Abeka, First Light (Kaneshie), Madina Maye Hot, Gbawe Drain, Awoshie Mangoase, Sukura Mampon, Haatso, Morton International School, Awudome Down Stream, and North Industrial Area.

Source: Graphiconline.com

Ministers` Visit to the GAMA-SWP

                                                                                                                                                                               

Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Ms Cecilla Dapaah

The money is allocated to the Ministry of Works and Housing, which is responsible for flood control, to undertake various projects and works to reduce the incidence of flooding in Accra.

The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Ms Cecilla Dapaah, made this known when she visited the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project (GAMA-SWP) office at the Institute of Local Government Studies at Madina in Accra to acquaint herself with its activities.

The GAMA-SWP was initiated by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) as a means of ensuring that every household in the city acquires a toilet facility. It aims at promoting a clean and healthy environment.

“Floods can be controlled”

Briefing the media after touring the GAMA office, Ms Dapaah said as part of efforts to contain flooding, there would be dredging and de-silting of major drains in the capital city.

Additionally, she said, there would be the construction of more drains to enable the free flow of water when it rained to reduce the perennial flooding in Accra.

Background

Accra continues to be submerged in water after a few hours of rainfall due to choked drains which do not allow for the free flow of water.

More than 10 people have been reported dead since the beginning of the rainy season this year. Last Sunday’s rains claimed six lives, including a soldier couple, according to the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO).

Some environmental experts have wondered why the government did not carry out works on the drains ahead of the rains, even after the Ghana Meteorological Authority had predicted more rains this year than the country recorded last year.

Attitudinal change needed

Ms Dapaah noted that although there were some floods which could not be controlled, others were controllable by ensuring that the drains were clear to carry the water whenever it rained.

She, therefore, underscored the need for attitudinal change to stop the indiscriminate dumping of refuse into drains, saying that “anyone caught could face a jail term”.

She further noted that the Ministry of Sanitation would soon distribute 40,000 bins to households and other places to avoid the indiscriminate dumping of refuse, while sanitation guards would be on the lookout for anyone who would throw rubbish about.

She also said her ministry, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), was working to get legislation that would ensure that plastic manufacturers used biodegradable materials in their products to reduce the plastic menace in the city.

Household toilets

Briefing the minister on the progress of the GAMA project, the Coordinator, Mr George Asiedu, said 19,917 household toilets had been constructed in the GAMA so far.

He said the number exceeded the target of 19,100 envisioned for the end of the project in May next year.

“We have exceeded the target 13 months ahead of the closing date that we were given by our sponsors and this shows that the project is well managed,” he stated.

He also said 255 toilets had been provided for schools within the defined area.

Water

Additionally, a 255-kilometre pipeline had been laid for low-income people within the GAMA, while 5,143 new service connections for water had been completed to serve about 370,000 people within the area, he said.

As part of the effort by the GAMA-SWP to control the perennial flooding in Accra, Mr Asiedu said, 22 drains in the capital city had been earmarked to be dredged and de-silted.

Source:  Salomey Appiah-Adjei (graphic.com.gh)

Gov’t Begins Work On Kaneshie First Light Underground Drainage on 2nd March 2019

Mohammed Adjei Sowah meets the project Engineers to inspect the project

Mohammed Adjei Sowah meets the project Engineers to inspect the project

Some portions of the Kaneshie Winneba road will be closed to motorists to allow work for the construction of underground drainage at the Kaneshie first light intersection.

The Department of Urban Roads under the Ministry of Roads and Highways in collaboration with the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources say this will help reduce the perennial flooding at the Kaneshie first light and the immediate environs.

The Gh₵7million project which is funded by the World Bank will link the roadside drain into the underground drain to address the spillage.

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The construction of the 600meter drainage by Vuluss Construction Company will begin on Saturday 2nd March, 2019 and expected to end in 30 days.

Addressing the media at the project site, the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah said the project is in fulfillment of President Akufo-Addo’s vision of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa.

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“As part of President Akufo-Addo’s call to reduce the flooding and make Accra a resilient city, we have identified flood prone areas of which Government through funding support from the World Bank under the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) to construct bigger drains to hold a lot water and reduce flooding,” he stated.

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The Mayor noted that the first light junction has become a challenge for motorists during rainy seasons mainly due to the heavy flow of water from the bigger drain upstream.

Mr. Sowah indicated that the size of the underground drain is narrow and unable to absorb the large volume of water which flows through the roadside drain.

According to him, the excesses from the heavy flow cause it to overflow and spill as a result of the pressure at the intersection.

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The frequent spillage, he said accounts for the perennial flooding at Kaneshie First light and the surrounding areas.

He stressed that the project when completed will ease the flow of water from Bubuashie, Darkuman and Odorkor through the 4meter wide roadside drain linking the same size (4meter wide) underground drain.

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The Mayor is optimistic the expansion of the underground drainage will bring relief to motorists, residents and shop owners.

According to him, all the major drains within the flood prone areas in the Metropolis will be constructed between the period of 2years to address flooding in the city.

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He added that the Ministry of Works and Housing has also awarded contracts for construction of many storm drains to commence next week at Baale, Industrial Area, South Odorkor and many areas.

“These are all defective drains or drains that were constructed in the pre-colonial time and are no more serving its usefulness,” Mr. Sowa intimated.

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In environmental care, the Mayor posited that maintenance of drains is critical and as such, about 520meters of the 600meter drain will be covered and fixed with metal sieve to block plastic wastes and debris from sneaking through the drain.

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The remaining 80meters, according to him, will provide space for the scooping of the silt and wastes to ease the flow of water.

He added that a metal fence will be constructed around the Accra Academy School to prevent human contact with the drain and to address the menace of open defecation in gutters.

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Ing. George Asiedu, Project Coordinator, GAMA Sanitation and Water Project said the project will significantly expand the drainage system to ease the flow of water from the Obetsebi Lamptey roundabout, Kaneshie market and the surrounding areas.

He emphasized that the construction of the drain will also help reduce the impact of the flooding at the Accra Academy campus.

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“Kaneshie first Light as you know has been experiencing perennial flooding mainly because the Darkuman and Bubuashie drainage converges into the Kaneshie drain which passes through Accra Academy and as a result cause overflow. When the water get to this section, it has to be directed into the Kaneshie underground drain which is at the center of the first light road. That is exactly where the problem causing the flooding in this area.

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“We have put in a place a 4meter wide (1.6meter deep) and channelized for 600meter to the first light section. What we need to do is to be able to create an inlet into the existing drainage beneath the road. Once we are able to direct the water from here, we will be able to take a chunk of the flow from the roadside drainage into the existing underground drainage which is located beneath the middle of the road. That will significantly reduce the backflow effect that has been causing the flooding in this area,” Ing. George Asiedu emphasised.

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He added that other contributory factors that may have been part of the cause of the perennial flooding will be addressed.

Ing. George Asiedu, intimated that several alternative routes have been proposed for motorists to ease the traffic on the Kaneshie Winneba road.

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Traffic Diversion/Alternative Routes

The Sanitary Engineer of GAMA under the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, Gabriel Engmann stressed that motorists from Kwame Nkrumah circle may divert through Feo Oyeo (Ghanaian Times) or Awudome roads and onto Nii Asere Ayitey road behind Accra Academy School to get onto the Winneba road.

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He added that motorists from Kaneshie Pamprom area may divert through Nii Teiko Din, Awudome road and other connecting roads onto the Winneba road.

According to him, motorists from the Graphic road may divert onto the Ring Road West through Oblogo and other concerning roads onto the Winneba road.

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Mr. Engmann stated that the public, motorists and pedestrians approaching the construction site are advised to take note of the diversion signs and all other traffic management measures for maximum co-operation.

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PUBLIC DISCLOSURE NOTICE-THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA) STUDY FOR THE DREDGING IN THE ODAW BASIN

 

GREATER ACCRA RESILIENT AND INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (GARID)

 

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE NOTICE

 

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA) STUDY FOR THE DREDGING IN THE ODAW BASIN

 

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT

 

The Government of Ghana jointly through the Ministry of Works and Housing, Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development, and Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development is preparing to implement the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development Project (GARID), with funding from the World Bank. The project’s objective is improving  flood and solid waste management, and the provision of public services to targeted communities within the Odaw Basin of Greater Accra Region.

 

One of the major activities under the project is the periodic dredging of the Odaw channel. Total volume to be dredged is estimated about 1 million m3.

 

The proposed areas include:

  • Caprice-Abossay Okai bridge: Lined section of Odaw River channel with high sedimentation rates and the most frequently flooded area.
  • Abossey-Okai bridge – Interception weir:Wider unlined section of the Odaw with fixed banks. The section runs through waste disposal areas and a large informal settlement called Old Fadema.
  • Interception weir-Sea: “Korle Lagoon” Area.
  • Main Odaw River tributaries: South Kaneshie (including Cemetary drain and Mataheko drain), Nima drain and Agbogbloshie drain.

 

A detailed feasibility and design study will precede the dredging.

In compliance with the Environmental Assessment Regulations of 1999 (LI 1652) and the World Bank Policy on Involuntary Resettlement (OP 4.12), the Ministry of Works and Housing has commissioned the preparation of an Environmental and Social Impact Study (ESIA) to address and mitigate the potential social and economic impacts of the project.  The ESIA has outlined the adverse potential impacts of the dredging and proposed remedial measures.

 

This disclosure notice hereby informs the public that the Environmental and Social Impact Study (ESIA) has been completed and hard copies of the Report are available at the under-listed locations:

 

  • Ministry of Works and Housing, Accra
  • Hydrological Services Department Head Office, Accra
  • EPA Head Office Library, Accra
  • Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Accra
  • Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development, Accra.
  • Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, Accra

 

This Public Disclosure Notice is also posted on the Public Notice Boards of the Ministry of Works and housing.

 

The document will also be disclosed electronically on the external website of the World Bank.

 

Any person(s) having an interest or concerns relating to this Report and disclosure shall within twenty-one (21) days from the date of this publication of this notice, submit in writing such concerns to the following:

 

The Chief Director

Ministry of Works and Housing

  1. O. Box M43

Ministries, Accra

 

Tel: 026 48 9796

 

Email:   oksarfoh@gmail.com

 

 

ISSUED BY THE CHIEF DIRECTOR

MINISTRY OF WORKS AND HOUSING

ACCRA.

 

Date: 28 February 2019

 

GARID PROJECT DUMPSITE CAPPING

 

 

GREATER ACCRA RESILIENT AND INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (GARID)

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE NOTICE

REHABILITATION, CLOSURE AND AFTERCARE MANAGEMENT OF THE ABLORAGYEI DUMPSITE IN THE GA EAST MUNICIPALITY

 

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF THE ABBREVIATED RESETTLEMENT ACTION PLAN (ARAP)

The Government of Ghana jointly through the Ministry of Works and Housing, Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development, and Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development is preparing to implement the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development Project (GARID), with funding from the World Bank. The project’s objective is improving  flood and solid waste management, and the provision of public services to targeted communities within the Odaw Basin of Greater Accra Region.

 

Among the Project components is investments to rehabilitate and cover major dumpsites in Greater Accra Metropolitan Area and provide aftercare management of collection and treatment of leachate to prevent further pollution of the Odaw. In this connection, the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, in consultation with the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA) has selected the Abloragyei solid waste dump for rehabilitation, closure and aftercare management to prevent further leachate and waste pollution of the Dakobi stream that discharges into the Odaw channel.

 

The proposed activities will involve the following:

  • Setting up of temporary construction areas/work camp;
  • Constructing site facilities, including site offices and fencing of the dump site

 

  • Pushing, filling and levelling, and compacting of the waste dump;
  • Spreading, levelling and compacting the capping material
  • Constructing site drainage for runoff and storm water;
  • Constructing access lane around the dumpsite;
  • Constructing leachate collector channels and sumps; and
  • Installing gas collection pipe vents.

 

The post-cap and aftercare management activities will involve managing:

  • Evacuation, and transfer of leachate
  • Gas collection installed vents and gas production; and
  • Post-cap end use of the area for recreational purposes.

 

In compliance with the Environmental Assessment Regulations of 1999 (LI 1652) and the World Bank Policy on Involuntary Resettlement (OP 4.12), the Ministry of Works and Housing has commissioned the preparation of an Abbreviated Resettlement Plan (ARAP) to address and mitigate the potential social and economic impacts of the project on the affected persons, which report has been completed.  The ARAP report among others outlined the adverse potential impacts on the project affected persons that are associated with the proposed rehabilitation, closure and aftercare management operations; the applicable legal and administrative framework for compensation and resettlement related issues, baseline characteristics of the project area, census and socio-economic condition of Project Affected Persons, eligibility criteria and entitlements, consultations and an implementation plan for the ARAP. Also included are measures to identify and resolve grievances at the project communities in a fair, transparent and prompt manner.

 

This disclosure notice hereby informs the public that the Abbreviated Resettlement Action Plan (ARAP) has been completed and hard copies of the Report are available at the under-listed locations:

 

  • Office of the Municipal Planning Officer, Ga East Municipal Assembly, Abokobi
  • Office of the Director, Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate (EHSD), Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, Accra
  • Office of the Abloragyei Residents’ Association, Abokobi
  • EPA Head Office Library, Accra
  • Ministry of Works and Housing, Accra
  • Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Accra
  • Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development, Accra.

 

This Public Disclosure Notice is also posted on the Public Notice Boards of the Ga East Municipal Assembly, Abokobi and the project communities.

 

The document will also be disclosed electronically on the external website of the World Bank.

 

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The Chief Director

Ministry of Works and Housing

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Ministries, Accra

 

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ISSUED BY THE CHIEF DIRECTOR

MINISTRY OF WORKS AND HOUSING

ACCRA.

 

Date: 25 February 2019

 

Sanitation ministry to replicate GAMA water, sanitation project nationwide

The Sanitation and Water Resources Ministry has announced that it will soon replicate the GAMA Water and Sanitation Project to other parts of the country. The proposed up-scaling follows huge strides recorded in the implementation of the pro-poor project in the Greater Accra Region.

GAMA, through the World Bank is expected to provide nineteen thousand, one hundred affordable, environmental friendly state of the art toilet facilities to low income and urban communities and expand access to potable water to these areas by 2020. The World Vision International estimates that about 15 in every 100 Ghanaians have access to sanitation facilities and services, while nearly all public schools lack access to improved sanitation and hygiene facilities.

So far, more that fifteen thousand four hundred toilets have been constructed for households in various assemblies within the catchment area for the ongoing Greater Accra Metropolitan Water and Sanitation Project. This figure according to project managers is subject to change considering the rate with which contractors are constructing the facilities based on the increasing demand.

Liquid Waste Programs Manager, Henrietta Osei-Tutu hinted “once you start the initiative in other areas, it means that all the resources required, both human and financial has to be in place, and it takes time to mobilize these things.” The leader for the capacity building component of the GAMA Water and Sanitation project added “GAMA has given us so many lessons through the capacity building component which is helping us draw lessons so that when we move to other areas we will not repeat some of the draw backs recorded in GAMA.

This project now serves as a blueprint to move to other areas.” According to the Liquid Waste Programs Manager, “the ministry is working assiduously to achieve the target of having sustainable toilets for all. We are also in talks with other funding agencies while we develop the concept of up-scaling to other urban areas. I cannot give you specific timelines for the expansion but I can assure you however that, we are developing all the necessary framework designs and concepts that are required to be able to replicate this success story in other urban areas in Ghana.”

Update on Water and Sanitation Project

Managers of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Assembly Water and Sanitation Project say figures available to them as at December 19, 2018 points to the successful completion of more than 15,400 household toilets. The project has also completed a total of 106 out of proposed 400 education institutional toilets to be provided more than in over 100 schools across the project catchment area. More so, the water component of the project according to Henrietta Osei-Tutu “has even a better story than the sanitation component.” “With the sanitation component, we had to do a lot of studies, assessments and pilots before we were able to scale up to achieve the success we have”, she revealed.

The Liquid Waste Programs Manager at the Sanitation Ministry added “the water component on the other hand was quite specific. They started out mainly with their initiative which was the construction and extension of pipe mains for houses to be able to connect in low income areas especially where the mains which are the bigger pipes that distribute water were not passing through.” The water component is said to have exceeded its target, connecting areas that hitherto had serious water challenges like Adenta. The project is currently in Ga East where suburbs like Taifa, Kwabenya and the like have access to potable water now.

Challenges with management of school toilets

Like most public facilities, the poor maintenance culture is thwarting efforts by the GAMA project to provide decent toilet facilities for schools. A good number of the completed school toilets according to project managers are in bad shape owing to the poor maintenance culture and seeming lake of concern by district and municipal assembly officers to keep the facilities functioning the way it ought to.

Solid Waste Programs Manager at the Sanitation Ministry, Charlotte Adjei-Marfo noted “the figures and reports we have on assessments of school toilets are very disturbing. The management of the ones we have built has been a big issue and it is the responsibility of the municipal assemblies to cater for the toilets through budgetary allocations from the assemblies”.

Behavioral Change Specialist working on the GAMA project, Quaranchie Adama-Tettey revealed that GAMA would soon come up with a district league table for schools on the management of their toilet facilities. He said “the school within the GAMA area would be encouraged to come up with sustainable ways of managing their school toilets, not just ways but how they are doing it and succeeding. This would help us award marks and recognize the schools that are doing well in that regard”.

Bio-digester Technology

GAMA is deploying the Bio-digester Toilet System which is an on-site treatment system for faecal matter. The technology replaces the septic tank by receiving and treating faecal matter directly from the water closets. More than 90% of beneficiary households have had the technology installed with the toilet constructed for them. Behavioral Change Specialist working on the GAMA project, Quaranchie Adama-Tettey maintains s“the bio-digester technology has become useful because it is small, much more affordable and can be constructed in very clumsy areas”. He however adds that “we are aware that people are constructing this bio-digester toilets without the requisite skills and knowledge on how to construct them, so as a project, because we have made the bio-digester technology popular, we do not want to leave it at that. We want to go further into developing guidelines that somebody can pick up to be able to follow to properly construct the bio-digester toilets and also do them well”. Mr Tettey said they will engage private sector to also develop the service chain for the technology to create a business model for people to engage and benefit from.

Projections for 2019     

The GAMA Water and Sanitation Project is hoping to get additional funding next year to facilitate the construction of more storm drains and also undertake an upstream and downstream extension of the Mallam drain. This is aimed at helping address perennial flooding in the capital. The Project managers are also seeking to work to improve sewerage systems by major giving attention to the Teshie Treatment Plant and Tema Sewerage System.

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM/Papisdaf Abdullah