Sustainable sanitation c’ttee inaugurated in Accra

Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah (fifth from right) with the GASSLIP committe members.Photo.Ebo Gorman

Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah (fifth from right) with the GASSLIP committe members.Photo.Ebo Gorman

A 15-member steering committee to oversee the activities of the Greater Accra Sustainable Sanitation and Livelihoods Improvement Project (GASSLIP) has been inaugurated in Accra.

 

Chaired by the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah, other members include Joseph Obeng-Poku, Anthony Mensah, Emmanuel Fordjour, Raymond Mensah, Albert Kwarko and Attah Arhin.

 

The rest are Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Daniel Alexander Nii-Noi Adumuah, Christian S.K. Siawor, Sylvanus K. Adjornu, Patrick Affum-Asumadu, Ms. Mabel Helen Yemidi, Lydia Essuah and Stephen Ackon.

 

GASSLIP is a US$53.86 million project with the African Development Bank (AfDB) providing US$48.85 million, while the government and beneficiary communities contribute the remaining US$5.01 million.

 

It was adopted to provide domestic and municipal level sanitation infrastructure, support skills development and livelihood improvements as well as enhancing the capacity of sanitation service providers, and the participating Assemblies to better deliver and manage sanitation services with in Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA).

 

The Minister said the committee was to ensure that all interventions under the project were in line with the Project Appraisal Report, and that the implementing unit was appropriately monitored to deliver the results expected.

 

It was also to approve the annual work plan and budget prepared by the project coordinating unit, and ensure that resources were deployed to their most productive use, she added.

 

Further to this, Madam Dapaah said the committee was expected to use their experience and knowledge to assist the project in achieving its expected outputs and outcomes.

 

The Project Coordinator, Stephen Ackon, in an interview, said the project would provide about 7000 toilet household facilities, make available dustbins in the city, ensure well coordinated transport of solid waste from communities and increase connections to sewer lines.

 

The livelihoods aspect of the project, he said, would involve the engagement of people to keep communities and areas clean, and ensure that best sanitation practices were undertaken at the various areas.

BY CLAUDE NYARKO ADAMS

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