Lambussie communities urged to construct places of convenience

IssifuCommunities in the Lambussie District in the Upper West Region have been challenged to take the initiative of constructing their own household toilets to help improve the poor sanitation situation in the district.

The district which scored zero in the area of sanitation is one of the worse performing districts on the District League Table (DLT), a product of the “I am aware” project initiated by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD).

Mr. Issifu Salifu Kanton, Executive Director of Community Development Alliance (CDD), the project implementing partner in the Region, gave the challenge during the district engagement awareness creation forum held in Lambussie.

He said open defecation would never end in the district if the people refused to take up the initiative of constructing their own household toilets.

Mr. Kanton noted that the construction of household toilets would not only help end open defecation and its related health problems; but would also restore the dignity of the people as they would not defecate in the open again.

The CDA Executive Director explained that the “I am aware project” is a CDD non-partisan citizen empowerment campaign which collected, analysed, archived and disseminated user friendly socio-economic data on the state of public goods and service delivery in the 216 districts across the country.

He said the project’s aim was to empower citizens particularly the poor and vulnerable to improve awareness and engage with duty bearers in order to make them more accountable and responsive to the development needs of the people.

Mr. Kanton encouraged the people to access the data and use it to influence service delivery at the local level.

Mr. Benjamin Owusu Afriyie, the Lambussie District Coordinating Director, noted that because the District was young, the Assembly did not have total control over all the areas especially security as the District still depended on the Police from Jirapa District.

He however assured that anything that the Assembly had power and control over; it would do to improve on service delivery on those areas.

Kuoro Salifu Dy-yakah, the Paramount Chief of Lambussie Traditional Area thanked CDD and its implementing partner CDA for making the user friendly data available to empower citizens on how public services were being delivered in the District.

He encouraged his people to regularly access the data in order to stay abreast with public services delivery in the District and help contribute their quota. GNA

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