STMA to combat open defecation in coastal areas
Skyy Power 93.5FM on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 took the Jolly Breakfast Show to Ngyiresia, in collaboration with the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) in a campaign to stop open defecation in the community which has been a problem for decades.
Open defecation in Ngyiresia has been a major problem in the community for decades, as residents have turned the shores of the sea as their place of convenience and not much has been done about the situation. This has stunted the growth and development of the community as nothing seems to improve, no investments in the town due to the which is due to the attitude of the locals.
Moreover, a lot of factors have contributed to this problem in the community as the major one is the lack of toilets in the homes of the locals in the community. Most of the homes in Ngyiresia don’t have toilets in them making the only option for the tenants or people who occupy those houses to turn to the sea. This is the major problem in the community. The STMA also indicated that, it is compulsory for every household to have toilets in their homes and they will be looking forward to initiate the “By force toilet” campaign.
Also, the residents in the community in a conversation with Skyy Power FM’s Samuel Kojo Brace indicated they have stopped using the public toilets in the community because it is in a dilapidated state, dirty and unhygienic to use. They claim the place smells very bad and is unbearable, so will rather defecate in an open place than the public toilet they have.
One of residents said ” I fear to contact any disease at the toilet because the place is unhygienic and smells very bad, when you go on top, you will see people have messed everywhere and will rather defecate at an open place”.
Speaking at the program Abdul Mummin, the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly Mayor addressed that, It is a law and compulsory for every individual to have a toilet in the home. The problem with Ngyiresia residents is attitudinal and lack of education. We will keep educating them to change their attitude towards the open defecation and put up strict measures to desist people from open defecation.
Also, he plans to put in flexible policies to aid residents in building toilets in their homes since some think it is too expensive. The STMA will aid and suggest possible ways to help them build toilets in their homes.