World Bank commits further USD 160 mln to GAMA project

The World Bank will extend a further 160 million US dollars to Ghana for an extension of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project, the Country Director of the Bank, Pierre Jean Laporte has said.

Disclosing this in a meeting with the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the country director said the bank would also grant an extension of the project closing date by seven months.

“Part of the additional financing intent of the Bank includes upgrading of an existing faecal sludge treatment plant at Nungua Farms,” Laporte added.

He however urged the Ministry for Sanitation and Water Resources to follow up with a formal request and immediately complete a project preparation plan.

Laporte underscored the need for the ministry to put in place the necessary steps to ensure the sustainability of the 406 institutional school sanitation facilities provided under the GAMA Project.

He was glad that the facilities provided were disability friendly and menstrual hygiene considerate, adding however that their successful operation and maintenance involves mobilization of funds.

The World Bank official therefore entreated the ministry to clarify the responsibility of the operation and maintenance arrangements in the context of the free education policy.

After welcoming the team, the minister for sanitation and water resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah informed them that the ministry had successfully secured 65.5 acres of land in the Ga West Municipality for the development of an engineered landfill site.

These landfill sites, the minister said, would receive solid waste from the GAMA area as part of its readiness for the successful takeoff of the GARID Project.

She added that the ministry is still pursuing the acquisition of other such sites in Adenta Municipality and Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) for waste Transfer Stations.  Enditem

Source:  Justice Lee Adoboe (for GWJN)


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