Stories from Isaac Akwetey-Okunor
A Ghana First toilet facility, which was started eight months ago in Okorase, a suburb of the Suhum Municipality, has been abandoned at foundation level.
The project, which was supposed to be completed within eight months, has now turned into a playing ground for animals.
Speaking to the Assembly Member for Narteh Anoma Electoral Area at the sidelines of a Town Hall Meeting organised by the Catholic Church Justice and Peace Committee on the decentralisation process at Okorase, Mr. Alex K. Amofa said all efforts to reach the contractor had proved futile.
According to him, the situation was very disturbing, as his people have no place of convenience to access when nature calls, since the old toilet has been shut down to pave way for the construction of a new one.
He said the issue had been reported to the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), but still the contractor had not come to site to continue work.
Ghana First Company Limited, a waste management company, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thermodul System GmBH, a German company, to construct 20,000 units of modern toilet facilities across the country, at a cost of $300,000,000.
The first 10,000 facilities would, hopefully, be completed and put into operation by the end of 2025, whilst the rest would be completed soon after that.
The toilet facilities will be sited at lorry stations, marketplaces, recreational centres, beaches and along the highways.
The facilities are in three categories – a 20-seater modern toilet facility which comes with a 20-seater water closet (W/C), 20 bathrooms, 20 urinals, one dressing room, one laundry room and two extra rooms to be used as stores.
There will also be a 12-seater modern toilet facility which will have a 12-seater W/C, 12 bathrooms and 12 urinals; a 10-seater modern toilet facility which will have a 10-seater W/C and 10 urinals, and an eight-seater toilet facility which will also have an eight-seater W/C, and eight urinals.
In addition, the toilets will be provided with an image sensor flushing system, an automated vending machine for access control, a reception fitted with television sets and sofas, and closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.