The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has issued a warning to residents engaging in open defection in the Kumasi Metropolis.
It also warned land-lords, land-ladies and homeowners who build and rent houses without toilets against the practice.
Open defection has been on the rise in most parts of the city as almost 40 percent of households in Kumasi lack toilet facilities.
As part of efforts to curb this canker, the Chief Executive of KM Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi implored landlords in the city to incorporate toilet facilities in their various homes or face court action.
He made this call on Wednesday he led when the officials of the Environmental Health Department of the assembly to inspect a number of households at Fante Newtown in the Subin Constituency.
It was realized during the inspection that some house owners had convert lavatory facilities into rooms to be rented.
Residents bemoaned the high rate of open defection in the area and have therefore called for strict action from the Assembly to curb the menace
The Metro Environmental Health Director, Mr Isaac Bassanyin urged the residents and landlords to ensure that they comply with the assembly’s directives to provide toilet facilities in their houses.
He educated the residents on the danger of open defecation, and the need to build toilets at home.
The director also cautioned that house owners who fail to provide toilet facilities in their homes after the expiration of a six months grace period would face the necessary legal action.
Mr. Bassanyin indicated that enforcement team would be sent out by the assembly to clamp down on all defaulters.
To make it easier for households to have toilet facilities the assembly has partnered with Sinapi Aba Savings and Loans Limited to issue out loans to households for the construction of toilets.
CREDIT: #community report# by Still Confidence