THE MUNICIPAL Chief Executive (MCE) of Ga Central Municipal Assembly, Dr Emmanuel Lamptey, has hinted that starting from June next year, the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies will start prosecuting landlords who fail to construct toilet facilities in their homes.
According to him, through the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) sanitation project, which is funded by the World Bank, funds have already been made available and currently sitting at the various assemblies to enable every landlord to construct toilet at their homes.
Under the project, the assembly would bear 50% cost of the toilet facility while the landlord pays the remaining 50%. Dr Lamptey revealed that the money had been with the various assemblies but had not been accessed by landlords and for that reason if by June next year the money is not utilised, the World Bank would take it back.
He made these statements last Friday at his office when a delegation appointed by the Sowutuom chief, led by the Nkosohene of Sowutuom, Alexander Kweku Agyemang Duah, visited him to officially welcome him. “If the time elapses in June 2018 and a household has no toilet facility, the various assemblies have no other option than to implement the bylaws and start prosecuting landlords,” he stated.
Dr Lamptey called on the traditional leaders to educate their people to promptly pay their property rate and building permit to ensure that the assembly gets the needed revenue to embark on development projects. He said it was out of the GAMA projects that the government pledged its commitment in making Accra one of the cleanest city in Africa.
Challenges The MCE said out of the 400 kilometres of road network in the municipality, only 17 kilometres is tarred, making the area lacking in terms of development but pledged the government’s commitment to developing the municipality. He again said the community is confronted with various development problems such as poor drainage systems and sanitation issues but the government is equal to the task.
Security The chiefs also extended their visit to the newly appointed police commander to the Sowutuom district to welcome DSP Kwame Gyesi Afari. DSP Afari commended the chiefs for their role in ensuring that Sowutuom and its environs are living in peace, adding that “I hope the mutual relationship between the two parties will continue to help build the progress of the area”.
He said there seemed to be a big gap between civilians and the various security forces in the country, a situation he said if not check would retard progress. DSP Afari advised the civilians to always see the forces as friends and also called on the services to always protect their lives as they protect the citizenry.
The leadership from Sowutuom palace, under the auspices of Nii Osabu Akwei I, pledged their support for both the MCE and the Police Commander and asked them to knock on their door any time the public officials neede their assistance.