Ghana President Inaugurates US$6.6 Million Of Sanitation Projects

The projects were built in the Greater Accra Region.

By Liz Bains on
3rd August 2023

Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has inaugurated a new sewage treatment plant at Ashaiman and the rehabilitated and expanded Bankuman wastewater treatment facility in the Greater Accra Region.

The 51km sewerage network and 1,800m3/day treatment plant in Ashaiman will serve 4,805 households in the community. 

The plant at Bankuman, with a capacity of 1,600m3/day, will serve some 3,100 households. 

The combined investment cost of the two projects was US$6.6 million.

Speaking at the ceremony in Ashaiman on 2 August, the president said the government is committed to offering solutions to the infrastructure gap identified in the sanitation and water sector. 

He noted that the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project has delivered 48,641 improved household toilets, which have benefitted about 390,000 people.

“The projects being commissioned today are examples of the many sanitation projects that have been provided across the country,” he said. 

“The GAMA Project has been so successfully executed that additional financing was sought and obtained from the World Bank to extend the intervention to the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area. Under the additional financing, a total of 129 improved and modern disability-friendly, gender sensitive institutional toilet facilities, as well as 30,000 household toilet facilities are under construction for beneficiary schools and individual households, respectively, in the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area,” he added.  

The Kumasi project will also expand and rehabilitate the nearly 30-year-old Asafo sewerage system and extend the potable water distribution network by 120km, providing 5,000 new service connections.

“Ghana has made significant strides towards the attainment of the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on water and sanitation. Access to basic drinking water services has increased from 79% of the population in 2017 to 87.7% in 2021,” President Akufo-Addo stated. 

He said the government is investing US$1.4 billion in water and sanitation projects nationwide, with 5.3 million people set to benefit from the projects, some of which have already been completed.

In May, expressions of interest were invited from consultants to prepare a sanitation masterplan for the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area.

Photo: The 2 August inauguration ceremony (Source: Ghana Presidency) 

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