October 28, 2020

The Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project, (GAMA) under the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources has constructed a total of 33, 385 household toilet facilities within the capital.

According to the GAMA Project Coordinator, Ing. George Asiedu, it has exceeded the original target of 19, 000 when the project was launched.

He made the disclosure when he presented his report on the performance of his outfit during a performance review and validation workshop organised by the sector Ministry.

He further pointed out that in the area of the provision of household toilets, the story has significantly contributed to the decline in the rate of open defecation.

“Many households now have many decent, simplified and affordable toilets and through the Ministry, we have secured additional financing for the project to be replicated in the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area for a period of four years”, he said.

The Project currently within the GAMA enclave is winding up in the next two months and beside construction of household and institutional toilets, he pointed out that another key intervention, by the project was the construction of sewerage and drainage facilities in some parts of GAMA which has put an end to the perennial flooding in those areas.

He said the intervention has been worthwhile, though he indicated that the projects were not part of the main mandate of the Project. The Mallam Junction and Kaneshie First Light area projects easily comes to mind.

The GAMA Project is a World Bank funded Project which started in 2014 under the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.

However, with the establishment of the Ministry of Sanitation and water Resources in 2017, the Project has since been placed under the new Ministry, Sanitation and Water Resources.

The Performance Review and Validation Workshop brought together all the Agencies under the Ministry as well as the two projects and NGOs in the water and sanitation delivery sector to review their performance over the last four years and develop strategic plans for the future.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com