Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday inaugurated new sewage treatment projects in Ashaiman and Bankuman in Ghana worth $6.6 Million. The Projects includes a new sewage treatment plant in Ashaiman. As well as the renovated and expanded Bankuman wastewater treatment facility in the Greater Accra Region.
The president stated during the ceremony in Ashaiman on August 2 that the administration is dedicated to provide solutions to the infrastructure deficit identified in the sanitation and water sectors. He stated that the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project provided 48,641 toilets, benefiting over 390,000 individuals.
He said, “The sewage treatment projects in Ashaiman and Bankuman that are now being commissioned are examples of the many sanitation initiatives that have been provided around the country.”
“The GAMA Project was so effective that more World Bank funds was sought and approved. In order to expand the intervention to the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area. Under the additional funding, 129 improved and modern disability-friendly, gender sensitive institutional toilet facilities, as well as 30,000 household toilet facilities, are being built in the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area for beneficiary schools and individual households, respectively,” he added.
Cost of the newly inaugurated sewage treatment plants in Ghana
The two sewage treatment projects in Ashaiman and Bankuman will cost a total of $6.6 million in investment. Ashaiman’s 51km sewerage network and 1,800m3/day treatment plant will service 4,805 houses. The Bankuman facility, with a capacity of 1,600m3/day, will service around 3,100 families.
The Kumasi project will also expand and renovate the approximately 30-year-old Asafo sewerage system. As well as extend the potable water distribution network by 120 kilometers, resulting in 5,000 new service connections.
President Nana Akufo-Addo added, “Ghana has made substantial progress toward meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for water and sanitation by 2030. Access to essential drinking water services has increased from 79% in 2017 to 87.7% in 2021.”
He stated that the government is investing US$1.4 billion in water and sanitation projects around the country, with 5.3 million people slated to benefit from the projects, some of which are already done. Consultants were invited to submit expressions of interest in April. To create a sanitation masterplan for the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area.