Mallam Junction road to be closed April 30

Engineers working on the Mallam Junction road have announced that portions of the road will be closed for a 50 day work on the 500 metre double cell culvert to reduce the perennial flooding on that stretch.

The work which will begin from April 30, 2018 for major drainage work on the road has been necessitated by the flooding on the Mallam Junction section of the N1 Highway which renders the road impassable when it rains with residents blaming it on a Total Filling station which they say had blocked the waterway.

According to Gabriel Engman, a Sanitary Engineer at the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project stated that the GHC6 million is a World Bank project which is being implemented by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR).

He added that, the three main roads stretching from Lapaz through Awoshie and Mallam Junction would be diverted when work begins next week.

He told journalists in Accra on Wednesday, April 26 that the work will disrupt the flow of traffic as motorists, pedestrians and other road users would spend additional travel time, indicating that phase one would be completed in 12 days, while stages two and three take 13 and 15 days.
“Put together the project should be completed in 40 days but unforseen circumstances may extend the period of completion to 50 days”.

Meanwhile, the MSWR together with the Ghana Highway Authority have installed sign posts indicating diversion routes to drivers plying the stretch of road.

GAMA-SWP improves sanitation in schools

The Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project (GAMA-SWP) has provided about 280 schools in the region with toilet facilities and water supply to improve institutional sanitation.

The schools benefited from 12-seater water closet toilets in addition to mechanised boreholes in areas where access to water was scarce, as part of schools sanitation and hygiene promotion.

The project is being sponsored by the World Bank through the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR).

Mr George Asiedu, the Coordinator of the GAMA-SWP at the MSWR made this known to the Ghana News Agency when he visited one of the project sites at Ngleshie Amanfro Senior High and the Community Primary schools during inspection of work.

He said the GAMA project would support government’s efforts at increasing access to improved water supply and sanitation services in low-income communities, including schools to strengthen management of the environment.

He said effective and sustainable water supply and the related sanitation issues were important for the promotion of hygiene in schools and communities, adding that the demand for the project in the Ga South Municipal Area was high as 240 households had benefitted from the GAMA toilet project, including schools.

“You can pay GH¢500.00 or GH¢300 of the amount involved to access the facility while you pay the rest of the money by instalment. The idea is to soften the payment process for everyone to get a household toilet to curb open defecation.” He said.

Mr Asiedu said people should adopt positive character towards sanitation to save government from spending so much money to control waste or reduce the cost burden of the health sector, hence the government through GAMA-SWP providing the facilities at affordable cost.

Rev Mrs Lydia Anim-Nketsia, the Headmistress of the Ngleshie Amanfro Senior High School was happy that about the provision of the facilities as she pointed out the difficulties the students went through for the past years.

GNA

Source: GNA Story (http://www.ghananewsagency.org/health/gama-swp-improves-sanitation-in-schools-129134)
Published: 2018-02-25 13:01:20
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Ghanaian firm introduces scientific approach to liquid waste management

Increased population growth and rapid urbanization have resulted in increased generation of volumes of both solid and liquid waste in the cities.

According to the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) World Bank-funded sanitation and water project, 26, 000 cubic meters of waste is generated in Ghana’s national capital Accra per day.

To help solve this challenge in Accra, Sewerage Systems Ghana Limited, a waste management company, has put up a Septage tank treatment plant, the Lavender Hill, and Mudor Fecal Treatment Plant, in Accra to ensure proper and efficient sewerage disposal.

The 40 million U.S. dollars ultra-modern plant, constructed by experts from China’s Nanjing Wonder Environment Technology Company, has the capacity to receive 80 percent of the entire human waste generated in Accra.

It is currently receiving between 200 and 250 trucks of human waste daily and has been designed by the Chinese experts for a lifespan of 20 years.

Prior to its construction in 2013 and commissioning in 2016, the city practiced primitive method of disposing of fecal waste where cesspit emptiers are directly emptied into the ocean, posing both health and environmental problems.

“Before we started our operations, liquid waste for almost 100 years was being discharged into the ocean just across the street here without any form of treatment but the Jospong Group found it expedient to put up a plant that will treat the liquid waste before discharging to the ocean,” Florence Cobold, General Manager of the company, told Xinhua in an interview.

The plant, first of its kind in the sub-region, consists of a primary treatment stage which includes screening, primary settling, raw Septage and sludge dewatering.

A secondary treatment stage includes anaerobic digestion (UASB), anoxic-oxic digestion and secondary setting while a tertiary treatment phase comprise of ultra violet disinfection; biogas utilization, digested sludge dewatering.

The plant also comprises of a modern laboratory which tests both the influent and the effluent qualities of waste water. The final effluent is pumped back into the system for reuse in the plant.

The solid materials generated through the system are used for compost manure while the biogas generated is harnessed and used as a source of alternative energy for the plants.

The Lavender Hill and Mudor Fecal Treatment Plant which is using Chinese technology has been enjoying high patronage since its full operation early this year.

Lola Asiseh Ashitey, the Business Development Manager of the SSGL, said her outfit was excited by the kind of work it does because it is a serious project that saves lives.

“We are encouraging people to make sure that when their fecal sludge is dislodged from their homes it is sent to the right place for treatment so that we can live in a healthier community,” she said. Enditem

Cost Involved In GAMA Toilet Facility Reduced To GHC1,100

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.