This year’s World Toilet Day celebration, which will be observed on the theme: “Stop Open defecation, own house hold toilet”, has been launched in Accra.
The week-long event would be climaxed with a durbar on Saturday, November 19, at the Bolgatanga main lorry station in the Upper East region.
The day was set by the United Nations (UN), for countries to undertake advocacy and awareness creation, activities to remind citizens of the need to own and use hygienic toilets at their homes.
The programme, which is a collaboration between the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project (GAMA), is expected to be commemorated by all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the country.
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Alhaji Collins Dauda, in a speech read on his behalf, urged for urgent action to deal decisively with sanitation challenges confronting the country.
That he explained, was the only way to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), aimed at achieving access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene, for all, and end open defecation, with special attention to the needs of women, girls and the vulnerable.
Alhaji Dauda indicated that, the government was implementing the GAMA project, to support all landlords to own toilets within their premises.
He said by the end of 2018, the total number of toilets in the GAMA project communities would increase by 10, 000, adding that 230 institutional toilets would be provided for selected basic schools within the project area.
Alhaji Dauda said the ministry in partnership with the private sector was constructing treatment and faecal waste disposable sites across the country, to eliminate open defecation into water bodies and drains.
He urged the media to support the campaign to provide toilets to improve sanitation.
Photo: Seth Osabukle.
By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu