The Greater Accra Metropolitan Area – Sanitation and Water Project (GAMA-SWP) has launched a reduction package for the construction of a toilet facility for households at GH¢1,100 to make it more affordable to communities.
The cost of the provision of the facility was previously GH¢2,000.
The project is being sponsored by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resource (MSWR) in collaboration with the World Bank, which has provided 150 million dollars grant to help curb open defecation and improve sanitation and water supply.
It was aimed at supporting low income urban communities in Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the Greater Accra Region to have access to improved sanitation and water supply.
Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah, the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, who launched the package, said effective and sustainable water supply and its related sanitation services in the metropolis are important to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).
He said such improved toilets would improve the sanitation situation and urged the people to take advantage of the GAMA-SWP to save costs in visiting public toilets.
Mr Adjei Sowah said a monitoring Taskforce of the AMA Environmental Health Officers has been directed to ensure that residents without toilet facility register with accredited contractors to get a household toilet and that those who fail to do so would be arrested and prosecuted.
He said the AMA and the MSWR are embarking on a vigorous public health campaign to ensure that residents in Accra get new affordable toilets to prevent open defecation and the outbreak of diseases.
The MCE said it is time residents become responsible by ensuring a clean environment.
Mr Ebenezer Nii Narh Nartey, the Ablekuma Central Member of Parliament, called for more commitment from the people to ensure compliance in getting a household toilet in their individual homes.
He promised paying half of the cost of the provision of the toilet to the first 100 households who would register with the contractors for the construction of the facility in their homes.