The La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA) is to benefit from a $150 million grant the World Bank has extended to the country, aimed at bringing about improvement in basic sanitation and water delivery services in low-income urban communities.

The facility would be used to assist schools, especially to improve upon their sanitation conditions and water supply needs to their areas.

Under the circumstances, a workshop designed for teachers of schools to benefit from the facility has been held in Accra with the objective of getting them up to date in knowledge on sanitation and water delivery issues.

The workshop was organised by the planning Department of LaDMA in support of the Improved Institutional Sanitation and Water Supply Facility, a component of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) project.

In a speech read on her behalf at the opening of the workshop, the Municipal Chief Executive of LaDMA, Ms Rita Odoley Sowah, said the project was purposely directed at addressing the sanitation and water needs of communities and selected schools within the municipality.

She said schools in the municipality stood immensely to gain from the World Bank assistance and as such urged teachers in beneficiary schools to put in their best to ensure it was successful.

The Project Coordinator, Mr Richard Kwame Oduro, urged the participants in the workshop to get themselves in readiness to receive the project consultant into their communities and schools to assess their needs regarding sanitation and water supply.

He said the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development was working speedily to get the project started in a few weeks time.

With regard to schools specifically, he said the consultant would review the current conditions of toilet and water supply systems of the schools, after which a report would be forwarded to the assembly for attention and subsequent implementation.

Mr Frederick Lartey, a staff of the assembly and a member of a team set up to oversee implementation of the project, urged the participants in the workshop to commit themselves to the project. He urged them to be inquisitive and observant in order to be able to contribute positively to the success of the project.

A Coordinator at the La DadeKotopon Education Directorate in charge of the School Health Education Programme (SHEP), Madam Owusu Sekyere, urged school authorities to educate schoolchildren on the proper use of flush toilets.

The workshop has so far been held in four suburbs in the La DadeKotopon Municipality. They include Manle Dada, Airport Rangoon, Adobetor and Emmaus.

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