Residents of Denase and Akom in the Afigya Kwabre North District in the Ashanti region have been provided with a new modern toilet facility constructed by Mr Anthony Oteng, the assemblyman for the area and supported by the district assembly.
The two facility in the Denase community consists of a 20-seater water closet each for both men and women, 12 bath houses, two each children’s toilets for girls and boys and refuse containers to help reduced sanitation Hazzard in the community while another 20- seater water closet each for both men and women at Akom within the same electoral area in the district.
The project was to replace an old dilapidated toilet constructed over 70 years ago, which had become a death-trap to the residents.
Hon Anthony Oteng in an interview with the Silver FM’s Akwadaa Nyame said the provision of the toilet facility became necessary because of persistent complaints from the residents including traditional authorities and opinion leaders, as they could not bear the health hazards from the old structure.
He said it was also part of his efforts to curb open defecation at the two communities and to minimize environmental related disease such as cholera and typhoid.
The Assemblyman said beside the provision of the toilet, the assembly will set up a taskforce at the community and would continue with their rounds to arrest persons who practice open defecation.
Hon Anthony Oteng commended the District Chief Executive of the district, Hon Acheamfour karikari who initiated the project two years ago when he was the DCE for both the Afigya Kwabre North and South.
“I saw this initiative as laudable, hence the need for me to continue and complete the project to ease the problem of our people and to create a sound environment devoid of diseases,” he said, adding that he would constantly monitor the maintenance of the facility.
Otumfour Kaniesofo hene, Nana Acheampong and Agya-Sei a Residents on behalf of the two communities called on the people in the district to be committed to environmental cleanliness by ensuring that they check their neighbours who practice open defecation and dumping of waste into drains.
“When you see your neighbour causing mess by dumping waste into the drains or defecating openly is your civic responsibility to bring the person to order because his or her action could cause health problem to the entire community,” they said.
They urged the residents along to practice good sanitation to attract investors to create job opportunities for the progress of their communities.
The residents of both Denase and Akom praised the Assemblyman for the maturity shown by continuing and ensuring the completion of the project started by him (Anthony Oteng) to bring relief and to prevent open defecation around the town and called on other local authorities to emulate this example for the progress of their areas.