LEKMA terminates all contracts of public toilets in Teshie, Nungua

Madam Adjeley Twum-Gyamerah,Chief Executive of LEKMA

Madam Adjeley Twum-Gyamerah,Chief Executive of LEKMA

The Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly ((LEKMA) has terminated all contracts of operators of public toilet facilities in the Teshie and Nungua municipality.

The abrogation of the contracts and take-over took effect from Friday, October 27, 2017.

This comes barely 48 hours after a group, believed to be supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) attempted seizing a number of public toilet facilities across Teshie and Nungua suburbs in Accra.

Some of the contracts terminated were signed under the previous administration to cover a period between 2015 and 2025, whilst one other sighted by the Ghanaian Times is due to expire next year. Teshie and Nungua have six and eight public toilets respectively.

Defending her action, the Chief Executive of LEKMA, Madam Adjeley Twum-Gyamerah, said the means by which the facilities were transferred “coupled with other factors, is unacceptable.”

In a statement to operators of the public toilets dated  October 26, 2017, the LEKMA boss stressed that the “Assembly has decided to reverse the transfer temporarily to allow the assembly manage its own facility whiles steps are taken to put measures right.”

Some of the affected operators who spoke to the Ghanaian Times on conditions of anonymity, said they were shocked by LEKMA’s decision to abrogate “a legal document”, threatening to seek redress in the law court.

It is recalled that the Ghanaian Times last Thursday October 26, published a story in which the police averted what could have been a bloody clash when dozens of people believed to be supporters of the NPP attempted seizing a number of public toilet facilities across Teshie and Nungua.

At Teshie, the group succeeded in forcibly taking over management of a facility.

The group had claimed their action was authorised by LEKMA.

However, when contacted, the new Municipal Coordinating Director of LEKMA, Mr M.K Gyimah, refuted the claims of the group, saying “we have not given anybody the authority to take over toilets from their operators.”

Documents signed by Mr Gyimah on October 23, 2017 and sighted by the Ghanaian Times on Tuesday, had hinted of a “review of all existing contracts with current operators engaged to manage the public toilets under the supervision of the Assembly.”

BY JOHN VIGAH

 

 

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