AMA hands over sanitary facilities to basic schools

One the toilet facilities presented to one of the basic schools

One the toilet facilities presented to one of the basic schools

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has handed over twenty three toilet facilities to some basic schools in the metropolis to improve their sanitary conditions.

The facilities which are disability friendly come with toilet cubicles, changing room for girls, refuse holding bay with bins, urinal, hand washing bays as well as water supply and storage facilities.

It was funded by the World Bank through the Greater Accra Area Sanitation and Water (GAMA) Project with support from the government.

Some of the beneficiaries schools are Osu Salem 5 Primary School, Osu St. Barnabas Primary School, Independence 1 and 2 Primary School, Farisco Cluster of Schools, Ayalolo Cluster of Schools, Dr FV Nanka Bruce Junior High School (JHS), Korle-Gonno RC Boys, Mamprobi 1 (M1) / Socco Cluster of Schools, Accra New Town 4 and 11 Primary Schools, Accra New Town 6 and 8 Primary Schools and Unity Cluster of Schools.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony last week Friday in Accra,  Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah said the cost of the facilities was about GH¢4,873,631.64.

He said the inauguration of the facilities was a clear manifestation of the assembly’s commitment to making Accra one of the cleanest cities in Africa.

 

He pointed out that the facilities would go a long way to deal with the problem of open defecation and other health risks that may lead to infectious diseases like diarrhoea and cholera which could lead to death.

“As part of efforts to arrest the insanitary conditions in the city, urgent steps are being taken by government through the assembly to change the negative story.

The assembly with support from the World Bank is providing and supporting households with places of convenience at a subsidised cost, this bold initiative is expected to arrest and change the sanitation situation in Accra,” he said.

The Metropolitan Director of Education, Madam Margaret Frimpong-Kore, thanked the assembly and the World Bank for their effort to improve the sanitary conditions in schools.

She said the facilities would help discourage girl absenteeism in schools as well as alleviate diseases caused by poor sanitation and unsafe water.

Madam Frimpong-Kore pleaded with the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to help maintain the facilities.

The project coordinator for the GAMA project, George Asiedu who took the entourage around the facilities, said the GAMA project was aimed at increasing access to improved sanitation in homes and schools.

“The idea is to inculcate in the kids the good behaviour and attitude that would not push them to the streets or to the bush to ease themselves,” he said.

BY BERNARD BENGHAN

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