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Friday, 06 August 2010 16:25

Sixteen contractors have been engaged by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to provide 42, 20-seater water closet toilet facilities in all the 11 sub-metros of the national capital, to help ease the pressure on places of convenience in the city.

The construction work, which is under the Accra Sewage Improvement Works, is scheduled to begin this month-August, 2010, and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Consequently, the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Alfred Oko Venderpuije, assisted by the Deputy Minister  for Food and Agriculture in charge of Fisheries, Nii Amasah Namoale and the La Mantse, Nii Tetteh Kpobi Tsuru has cut the sod for work to commence.


Obaakwaa Enterprise Limited, the contractor scheduled to work on the construction of the three 21-seater places of convenience at La, Where the sod-cutting ceremony took place has given the assurance that the work will begin in earnest immediately and will be completed in November. 

One 20-seater place of convenience is estimated to coast GH¢300,000.

Places of convenience, though a basic facility, are inaccessible to most people in the metropolis and some of them therefore, attend to the call of nature along the beaches, scrubs and bushes, a situation which is worsening the city’s environmental woes.

It is expected that after the completion of the 42 facilities, the incidence of long queues by residents to attend to call of nature in several parts of the city, especially the densely populated areas, will ease.

Mr Vanderpuije urged landlords, shops and other commercial entities to make provision for places of convenience a priority since it was a basic right.

“We are looking at a highly hygienically managed facility to meet the health needs of the people”, the metro chief executive said.

He deplored the practice where places of convenience were converted into bedrooms and urged such landlords to desist from that as they would be dealt with severely when caught.

Nii Amasah Naomoale, who is also the Member of Parliament for La Dadekotopon, recounted the struggle that they had to go through in order to secure land for the construction of the facility.

Nii Kpobi Tsuru urged the assembly to carry on with its decongestion and demolition exercises, stressing that buildings on watercourses and other illegal areas must be pulled down for public safety and beautification.

“The way and manner in which buildings are spring up is unacceptable,” he stated.

Credit: Daily Graphic, Thursday August 5, 2010