Ghana : launch of the Gasslip project for sanitation in Accra

Minister of Water Supply and Sanitation, Cecilia Abena Dapaah. Photo : RR

NEWSROOM (ADV) -The Government of Ghana has recently launched the Greater Accra Sustainable Sanitation and Livelihood Improvement Project (Gasslip).

The aim is to ensure the consolidation of several administrative units in Greater Accra.

It is a participatory sanitation project that will reach eleven metropolitan, municipal, and district assemblies in the Greater Accra region.

To ensure the success of this project, the government has budgeted $ 53 million. The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced that it will support the initiative. Its first objective is to build 7,000 toilets for households, among other sanitation infrastructures.

The Gasslip project will also allow the installation of several garbage bins in different corners of the Ghanaian capital.

The government promised to carry out “a well-coordinated transportation of solid wastes from communities”. It is also expected to increase the number of connections to sewer systems in the capital. He estimates that 1.9 million people living in the poor neighborhoods of Accra will benefit from improved sanitation by the end of the planned project in 2022.

When it was launched in 2018, the Minister of Water Supply and Sanitation, Cecilia Abena Dapaah assured that she would coordinate, supervise and monitor effectively the implementation of the project to ensure “the judicious use of funds allocated for its success. It recently set up a 15-member steering committee to monitor the actual implementation of this project. The people will be at the center of this initiative. In particular, they will be made aware of “city cleanliness and best sanitation practices”.

In addition, Cecilia Abena Dapaah wants a replication of Gasslip in the main cities of the country, including Kumasi, Tamale, Sekondi-Takoradi and other regional capitals to accelerate the process of improving sanitation in the country. She asked AfDB to continue to assist the government in undertaking projects to alleviate the problems affecting Ghana’s development.

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