The Oforikrom Municipal Assembly is a beneficiary of the Greater Kumasi Municipal Areas Sanitation and Water project, an initiative of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources and funded by the World Bank being implemented in the 8 Metro, Municipal and District Assembly’s (MMDA’s)
The objective of the project is to increase access to improved sanitation and water supply in some selected Districts in the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Assemblies, with emphasis on low-income communities and to strengthen the management of environmental sanitation in the districts.
Under the project about 30,000 household toilet facilities would be provided for people with low income while 5,000 households would be connected to water supply
The project which commenced in November 2021 has since registered 602 households with 209 toilets facilities duly completed and handed over to the households in the municipality as of May this year.
According to the project coordinator, the project also has a WASH intervention project which seeks to provide toilet facilities to basic schools and health facilities. So far 23 schools and 2 health facilities have been selected to benefit from this project. He added that as part of the requirements site plans have been prepared and submitted to the project whilst the EPA permit is being worked on by the assembly.
Government under the project has subsidized the cost of the toilet by absorbing over 75 % of the total cost whereas households are expected to pay only GH¢1,200.00 for the complete toilet and GH¢700.00 for the bio digester if they have an existing structure.
Some of the beneficiaries in the municipality were full of praise for the facility saying it has enhanced their livelihood as they no more queue at public toilets. They could not agree more with the project’s slogan “Toilet Jama,- Yebesi”.