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AMA must be more aggressive in ensuring every household has a toilet facility

NOVEMBER 19 -World Toilet Day- is fast approaching, but not much positive news can be said about the role of various assemblies in enforcing a key law that enjoins all landlords/ladies to provide tenants with toilet facilities.

The World Toilet Day is a day set aside to campaign, motivate and mobilise millions around the world on issues of sanitation.

The day was originally established by the World Toilet Organisation in 2001 to draw attention to global sanitation issues and is marked each year on November 19. Since 2001, World Toilet Day has grown in scope and recognition by global partners.

In 2013, the United Nations (UN) passed a resolution to recognise World Toilet Day as an official UN international day (UN Resolution A/67/L.75).

As Ghana prepares to recognise this day across the world, one cannot help but raise certain concerns about achievements made so far in the fight against insanitary conditions, if any, and related matters.

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has always claimed that it had made significant gains in ensuring that most households in the city have toilets facilities.

But, checks reveal that several communities still lack basic toilet facilities both for domestic and public use.

In various parts of Accra, many residents still rely on gutters and refuse dump to engage in open defecation.

Sometimes these gutters and garbage sites are close to places where food is sold. This cannot continue.

To stem the tide, the DAILY HERITAGE urges the AMA and various assemblies to be more aggressive in prosecuting landlords/ladies who fail to provide decent toilet facilities to serve as deterrent to others.

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