Nzulezu (W/R), Nov. 29, GNA - Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, has inaugurated an ultra-modern toilet facility for the Nzulezu Community in the Western Region.
The 10-unit facility would allow the community which was built on stilts in water to use the toilet without contaminating the lagoon, which is a source of livelihood for the people.
The facility called, the Biofil Toilet System, the modern technology uses a digester with an aerobic decomposition system, which treats toilet waste and flush water in the chamber, breaking down the toilet waste completely with oxygen in a way that the odour is not generated.
Mr Caleb Kwaku Ansah, a Co-Production Manager of the project, said the chamber was a filter and when the water closet was flushed, the digester, filters the liquid through sand and porous concrete, allowing non-toxic water to drain out to their garden, leaving the toilet waste in a suspended environment, where oxygen gets to every part of it.
He said under those conditions, millions of environmentally friendly microorganisms and bacteria feed on the toilet waste till it disappear completely.
The project, which has been in the offing since 2013 was sponsored by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation through its STEP programme and government with additional support from the Minister of Petroleum, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah.
The event brought together members of the community, including traditional leaders, DCEs, Ministers and officials from the Ministry and the Ghana Tourism Authority.
Mrs Ofosu-Adjare said the project was in line with government's policy of developing tourist’s destinations across the country and expressed the hope that the facility would tackle the longstanding problem of indiscriminate defecation and also address the complaints of tourists about the nonexistence of toilet facilities at the village.
The Minister, who used the occasion to also inaugurate a cultural group for the area, said her outfit was committed to making the village very inhabitable for the more than 400 inhabitants, while increasing its fortunes as one of the most visited tourists’ destinations in the country.
She said plans were far advanced to construct separate walkways for tourists and visitors in order to curb the situation, where tourists run into inhabitants' in their homes and rooms.
Mrs Ofosu-Adjare said government would embark on a campaign to provide clean toilet facilities as well as visitor reception centres at all tourist destinations to boost tourism in the country.
Mr George Somiah, DCE for Jomoro, said the construction of the facility by government was a manifestation of government's mission to collaborate with development partners to bring development to the people.
He said it was undeniable that the facility had come at an opportune time as sanitation remains one of government' top priorities and more especially in the area which had become a tourism hot spot.
He expressed gratitude to the government and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation and the STEP Foundation for the project
Kwaku Kwao Amstrong, the Abusuapanyin of the Nzulezu Community said the project would improve the sanitary conditions in the area, while lessening sanitation-related illness.