A $150m World Bank sanitation project which commenced in August 2014 and runs through 2018 was supposed to revolutionise sanitation in our filthy capital.
Yet with just over a year to the end of the four year project, the project has yielded nothing but 900 toilet facilities across the capital.
The project, the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project, was funded by the World Bank and was supposed to address the numerous challenges facing the city in regards to sanitation, which includes open defecation, perennial flooding and lack of access to clean water.
Its components included, according to Citifmonline: “the provision of environmental sanitation and water supply services to priority low-income areas of the GAMA projected at $31.5 million, the improvement and expansion of the water distribution network in the GAMA and the planning at $48.1 million, the improvement and expansion of GAMA-wide environmental sanitation services budgeted at $34 million and institutional strengthening, with $20.1 million earmarked for this part.”
Yet, a review of the project shows multiple parts of it stalled, with the only part making headway being the construction of toilets.
“…even then, the project has only managed to provide 900 out of the projected 12,500 toilets.” Citi further reports.
Other portions of the project, including construction of community water points, treatment plants and others have run into numerous problems affecting their implementation. This means three years and millions of dollars later, nothing concrete has been done to improve the poor sanitation of Ghana’s capital city.