MAMDEV Ghana Limited, a civil engineering and construction company, is planning to build more than 23 modern washrooms in the Cape Coast metropolis.
The move, which aims to improve sanitation and reduce the rate of open defecation within and along Cape Coast’s stretch of coast, is part of the $10 billion Cape Coast Smart City project.
Mr Joseph Kojo Mamphey, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ghana MAMDEV Limited, speaking at a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony in two of the 23 washrooms, said the project is part of the company’s corporate responsibility to help the metropolis’ most disadvantaged communities.
His outfit, he assured, is ready to make Cape Coast great again, hence the need for all citizens to work together to make the vision of building a smart city a reality, adding that development is not solely the responsibility of the government, but a shared responsibility.
Mr. Mamphey called on other business enterprises in the metropolis to come on board to jointly develop the metropolis for the benefit of all.
As for the smart city project, he pointed out that it has several components, including tourism, healthcare and education infrastructure development, reconstruction and upgrading of all major road networks in Cape Coast and other parts of the region.
More than 1,000 coconut seedlings have been planted by the company along the Bakaano Castle route to replace and restore lost vegetation within the area.
Mr Iddrisu Shani, Metro’s Environment and Sanitation Officer, speaking on behalf of Metro’s Chief Executive (MCE) Mr Ernest Arthur, noted that waste management is vital to improving sanitation in the country.
He said the assembly is keen to work with all stakeholders and institutions to improve sanitation in the metropolis and beyond.
He therefore urged citizens to be critical about waste and stop the practice of open defecation to avoid outbreaks of communicable diseases.
Osabarimba Kwesi Atta II, the Omanhen of Oguaa’s traditional area, warned citizens against defecating along the coasts as a worrying practice with associated health problems.
He warned that the area is a well-known tourist destination that needs to be upgraded to attract more tourists and investors to help develop the local economy for the benefit of all.
The Oguaamanhen noted that sometimes the unavailability of toilets in many homes was the cause, but that shouldn’t be an excuse to defecate anyway.
He urged people to bring innovative ideas on board for Oguaa’s development instead of sitting down and criticizing the tireless efforts of some well-meaning individuals and organizations to make the area great again.