The Inner City and Zongo Development Ministry has claimed it has built about 252 household toilets for inner city communities in the capital.
The ministry undertook this project with the help of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Water Project (GAMA-SWP) and supported by the World Bank and the Government of Ghana, a statement by the Ministry’s Public Relations Officer said.
“These inner-city communities include but are not limited to Mudor, Ayalolo, Korle Gonno, Mamprobi, Agbogbloshie, Bukom, Adabraka, Chorkor, Okpongobu, and Kokompe, ” the statement said.
The statement further indicated that the World Bank provided 70% of the cost of one household toilet. Residents of the households were supposed to provide the remaining 30%. However, many households were unable to find the money to complement the World Bank’s support. The MICZD stepped in to provide the 30% funding that enabled these households to have toilets in their houses. This project is meant to end open defecation, especially along the beaches of Accra.
According to the PRO, the effort of the MICZD adds to the 27,000 household toilets that have so far been built in the communities of Accra.
Over the weekend, the minister came under attack after a picture of of him and the Mayor of Accra were seen at a single toilet facility. Reports were that the Minister and the Mayor went to commission a single toilet with no social distancing and with handshakes and all.
But the ministry has debunked the reports and said the picture is an old one that has been recycled for the purposes of Mischief.