Urban sanitation AMA launches 'Rapid Result Initiative'

The overall objective of the project is to improve sanitation and increase access to water supply for low income urban communities.

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The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has launched a plan dubbed: 'Rapid Result Initiative (RRI),' to fast-track the construction of 200 household toilets within 100 days.

The overall objective of the project is to improve sanitation and increase access to water supply for low income urban communities.

The Public Health Engineer and Head of Water Management of the AMA, Mr Anthony Mensah, made this known at a sensitisation programme to select beneficiary communities.

The beneficiary communities include Glefe, Gbegbeyise, Chorkor, Sabon Zongo and Mamponse in the Ablekuma South, West and Central districts.

The RRI would be undertaken by the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area - Sanitation and Water Project (GAMA-SWP).

Mr Mensah said the GAMA-SWP was being funded by the World Bank to construct 40,000 toilet facilities within five years and it was expected that 250,000 households would get their own toilets.

He said the project would be done in phases to ensure accelerated process and early completion.

Mr Mensah said sustainable awareness of the RRI as well as the promotion of hygiene among the people were important and urged the communities to register to improve on their sanitation.

Mr Graham Sarbah, an Engineer in-charge of the GAMA-SWP, told the Ghana News Agency that the project would cost 150 million dollars of which 50 million dollars would be used to construct sewerage channel for the household toilets.

He said all metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies in the Greater Accra Region would benefit to reduce the insanitary conditions and outbreak of cholera.

Mr Samuel D. Amoah, the RRI Co-ordinator, called for vigorous education to eliminate cholera, adding; 'cholera is becoming an epidemic in some parts of the country, hence the need to devise strategies such as the RRI to address it and create awareness on good hygiene.'

Source: GNA

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