From Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi
The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has decided to complete a Liquid Waste Stabilisation Pond project at the Oti Landfill with its £400,000 Sanitation Challenge prize.
The Assembly initiated the rehabilitation of the Liquid Waste Stabilisation Pond at the cost of $350,000 with funding from the Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP).
The commitment of the Sanitation Challenge prize into the project was necessitated by the fact that the project required an additional $400,000 to fully complete it, hence, the use of the Sanitation Challenge package, which comes handy.
The Mayor of Kumasi, Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi, at the last meeting of the Assembly disclosed that sanitation and waste management was a priority of his administration.
As a result, 487 household toilets, out of a target of 1,200, have been successfully constructed in collaboration with WSUP.
The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) won the ultimate prize of £400,000 in the Sanitation Challenge for Ghana competition to implement more sanitation-related activities.
The 15 metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) were assessed and the KMA emerged as the ultimate winner, taking a prize of £400,000 at a ceremony in Accra yesterday to enable it implement more sanitation-related activities.
The other assemblies which participated in the competition include Ahanta West Municipal; Kasena Nankana Municipal, Savelugu Municipal, Jasikan District, Nanumba North Municipal, Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan, Kwahu East District, Offinso North District, Prestea Huni Valley Municipal, Atiwa East District, Accra Metropolitan, Pru East District, and Afutu Municipal.
The initiative follows the adoption of a ‘multi stakeholder collaboration’ approach by the management of the KMA to work on the implementation of the proposed strategies for the second stage of the competition dubbed “Dignify City Award”.
The Sanitation Challenge for Ghana competition is a UKAID-funded project, implemented by IMC Worldwide and IRC Ghana to create competition among all the MMDAs to design and implement innovative strategies in solving liquid waste disposal challenges in Ghana.
To ensure a successful implementation, the KMA entered into partnership with a number of private sector actors and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) into sanitation management including Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), the Clean Team, Vacuum Tanker Operators Association, Snapi Abba Savings and Loans, and the Regional Water and Environmental Sanitation Center of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Mayor Osei Assibey Antwi announced that the KMA had, since March 2018, also inaugurated 150 branded and marked tricycles to enhance the collecti