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"GAMA Project Has Provided 35,541 Household Toilets To Low-Income Beneficiaries" - Cecilia Dapaah

The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah has revealed that the GAMA project provided over 35,541 households told to low-income beneficiaries and completed 406 disability-friendly under phase I of the Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Water and Sanitation Project.

According to her, 406 disability-friendly have also been provided.

Addressing Journalists in Accra on Monday, she said "UnderPhase I, the GAMA Project has provided over 35,541 household toilets to low-income beneficiaries, menstrual hygiene management (MHM)-considerate school toilets with separate blocks for girls and boys with locks to ensure privacy"

The Minister also mentioned that the project has also provided water and soap for handwashing and a sanitary disposal system to benefit over 251,872 school pupils"

Madam Dapaah added that the project has also supported the provision of a total of 56km of conventional offsite simplified sewerage systems to serve two low-income urban communities in Accra.

She noted the two low-income urban communities in Accra are Ashaiman New Town Community and TDC quarters and Bankuman.

She told Journalists that the projects are ready for commissioning.

Touching on the launch of the Biodigester Toilet Construction and Installation Manual, she stressed that under the GAMA Project, her Ministry through the GAMA-Sanitation and Water Project (SWP), has developed a document to highlight the entire process of constructing and installing the biodigester in plain and an easy to understand language with illustrations.

"This manual is expected to be useful to Engineers, Technicians, Artisans, Entrepreneurs, and Institutions in the WASH sector" she said.

The Minister further bemoaned the increasing rate at which illegal miners are destroying major water bodies in the country.

She mentioned that her Ministry contends that if this continues, the country will soon have severe challenges with water supply.

'Illegal mining in the water bodies have created huge problems for water systems in the country"

"There are Ghanaians who are mining within the water bodies and such thing must stop"

She also urged farmers to desist from encroaching on the buffer zone.

The Minister also cautioned Ghanaians who have illegally connected water into their house to stop and soon her outfit will start house to house water auditing to stop those who have illegally connected water into their houses.

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith



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