Sanitation

59,000 low-income households benefit from GAMA/GKMA biodigester toilets facilities

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Ing. George Asiedu ,Coordinator for Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project (GAMA/GKMA SWP) has stated that, since the inception of the project, they have constructed about 59,000 potable biodigester toilets for households in low-income urban communities in Accra and Kumasi with 598 gender-friendly for schools and health facilities in the two cities.

He disclosed that,the Greater Accra/Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Areas Sanitation and Water Project (GAMA/GKMA SWP) has also started building a capacities of local technicians and artisans in the construction and maintenance of the biodigester toilets.Ing. George Asiedu, was represented by Ing. Kwadwo Antwi Gyasi, a Sanitation Engineering Specialist with the GAMA/GKMA project, at this MOLE XXXIV WASH conference in Jirapa in the Upper West Region copied to the Chronicle Newspaper.He explained that, since the introduction of the potable toilets in the country and its adoption by the project to meet the needs of household toilets in low-income urban communities, the demand for the technology has gone up with many private individuals and institutions buying into the model. According to him, many contractors have embark on building the biodigester toilets for households and institutions, and for that matter, the need for the training of artisans and technicians for the sector.Ing. Gyasi disclosed that, the GAMA/GKMA project foresaw the need and developed a manual to guide contractors and artisans who are interested in building biodigester toilets for households and institutions in their catchment areas with GAMA/GKMA.He revealed that, they are currently using the manual to train students in some technical schools, including the Kumasi Technical Institute and other technical institutions, because they are of the view that, these trained artisans and technicians will create the necessary skilled manpower base for the construction and maintenance of the toilets to the desired standards.

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