The Chief of Aboadze in the Shama District Nana Kobina Artom III has decried the insanitary conditions at beaches in his community blaming it on the lack of toilet facilities. He says several attempts to get Xara Developers, the construction company in charge of the sea defense along the Aboadze coastal line to honour promises made them in providing toilet facilities for the community have proven futile.
“We have spoken with the contractor that he should construct a toilet facility for us. Up till now he has not done it. He should provide us with a bath house, he has not done it. Just recently I called him to a meeting. He delegated people to come. I even told them that I have an excavator and trucks to help him. But after the meeting I have not heard anything from him.”
The Chief expressed the sentiments when the Minister for Works and Housing paid a courtesy call on him at his palace at Aboadze in the Shama district. The minister was in the community to inspect an ongoing sea defense which was started by the Mahama Administration. The $29 million Aboadze Sea Defense Project is all but complete.
The Chief was worried that the absent of toilet facilities has given rise to a host of unhealthy practices including open defecation. Nana Artom III fears this has made the community susceptible to diseases. According to him his fears are heightened as the rains have set in.
According to the Chief irrespective of the snub, “we will not say they should stop, no because the work will benefit us. We will however plead with the minister to ensure that our request of toilet and bath house is taken care of. We are also asking that they [government] take care of any financial obligation to the contractor since we know this is a listening government”.
Member of Parliament for Shama Ato Panford, deputy regional minister Gifty Eugenia Kusi and the Works and Housing Minister Samuel Atta Kyea in an interaction sympathized with the Chief and his community and impressed on the developer Xara Developers to work on the needs of the community especially the request from the Chief.
They agreed that the company should consider the request as a Social Responsibility and honor it stressing the gesture will inure immensely to the benefit of the company.
“I am seriously going to deal with my brother [contractor] on this issue. And I will demand a progress report because I’m of the view that it is going to help him. So we will take it up, so rest your heart on this issue. I’m going to liaise with him and do it”, Mr. Atta Akyea assured the Chief and a worried Member of Parliament for the area Ato Panford.