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OFORIKROM MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY ENHANCES SANITATION AND WATER ACCESS IN SCHOOLS

In a significant development towards advancing sanitation and water accessibility within the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area (GKMA), the Oforikrom Municipal Assembly on Thursday, January 25, 2024, handed over two state-of-the-art toilet facilities to Anwomaso M/A Junior High School (JHS) and Sacred Heart School.

The occasion marked the result of the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project, a government initiative with funding from the World Bank.

The schools, Anwomaso M/A JHS and Sacred Heart School, benefitted from 11 seater and 15 seater water closet facilities respectively, catering to the diverse needs of both primary and Junior High School students and teachers.

Mr. David Mantey Mills, the Project Engineer, highlighted the inclusive features of the facilities, including separate facilities for male and female students, as well as dedicated water closets for male and female teachers. Notably, the facilities also incorporate a disability-friendly water closet.

In an effort to address the specific needs of female students, the facilities include a dedicated changing room, recognizing the importance of gender-sensitive infrastructure. Both facilities are also equipped with boreholes and water reservoirs to ensure a continuous supply of water.

Hon. Abraham Antwi, the Municipal Chief Executive, expressed the Assembly's commitment to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation for All) in the municipality.

He urged the management of the beneficiary schools to uphold a proper management culture to ensure the longevity of the facilities.

The Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project (GKMA), initiated by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, seeks to enhance access to improved sanitation and water supply, with a particular focus on low-income communities within the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area.