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ASHMA to prosecute residents without household toilets


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By
Laudia Sawer

Ashaiman, July 19, GNA – The Ashaiman
Municipal Assembly (ASHMA) has threatened to prosecute residents who have
refused to build toilets in their households.

Mr Albert Boakye Okyere, Ashaiman Municipal
Chief Executive, told the Ghana News Agency that the only way to ensure that
residents obeyed the Assembly’s bye-laws to provide their households with
toilet facilities, was to p

By
Laudia Sawer

Ashaiman, July 19, GNA – The Ashaiman
Municipal Assembly (ASHMA) has threatened to prosecute residents who have
refused to build toilets in their households.

Mr Albert Boakye Okyere, Ashaiman Municipal
Chief Executive, told the Ghana News Agency that the only way to ensure that
residents obeyed the Assembly’s bye-laws to provide their households with
toilet facilities, was to prosecute recalcitrant inhabitants.

Mr Okyere therefore issued a two-week
ultimatum to residents to start the process of acquiring the toilet facility or
be dragged before the law courts for prosecution.

“If you don’t acquire a toilet, we will arrest
you and send you straight to court to be prosecuted without passing through the
police station”, he emphasized.

He expressed worry that even though the World
Bank had made funds available under the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA)
Sanitation and Water Project to assist residents to acquire household toilet
facilities, they had refused to heed to the Assembly’s call for them to get
one.

According to him, excuses of lack of money to
pay the required half price of constructing a household toilet “ was
unacceptable “ as according to him, the money used by households to pay for
usage of public toilet facilities could be put together to fund the acquisition
of one for the household.

The MCE indicated that residents, especially
children and pregnant women in the Municipality stood the risk of contracting
communicable diseases from public toilets hence the need to ensure that all
households acquired a toilet facility.

A large number of residents of Ashaiman either
make use of public toilets or resort to open defecation, a situation the GAMA
project aimed to curtail by giving residents the opportunity to acquire a
toilet facility at half price.

Even though the July 2018 deadline for the
project was drawing near, most residents were yet to take advantage of the project
which commenced in August 2014 with the excuse of poverty.

GNA


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