The Hohoe Municipal Assembly has banned open defecation. The ban will take effect from January 2019 after which offenders will be prosecuted.
In a letter addressed to all Paramount Chiefs, Divisional/Sub-Chiefs and Assembly Members in the Municipality and copied to all Environmental Health Officers in July 2018, all traditional authorities in are requested to liaise with Herdsman, Religious Leaders, Assembly Members, Unit Committees, Opinion Leaders, Teachers, Health Workers, Social Groups and Environmental Health Workers within their catchment areas of authority for a holistic campaign to end open defecation.
The letter stated that the directive was meant to implement a resolution by the Municipal Assembly in May 2018 to make the Hohoe Municipality open defecation-free by 31st December, 2018.
“By the resolution of the Assembly, any landlord or owner of any premises within the Hohoe Municipal Assembly who fails to construct and use a safe household latrine after 31st December, 2018 commits an offence and shall be prosecuted at the law courts,” the letter signed by the Municipal Coordinating Director on behalf of the Municipal Chief Executive added.
In a related development, the Hohoe Municipal Chief Executive Officer, Hon. Teddy Ofori, is reported to have asked the Electricity Company of Ghana to block electricity connections to new houses constructed without a toilet. He said this when addressing an Open Day with ECG Customers at Hohoe. In a report monitored on Ghanaweb on 9th August, 2018, the MCE explained that the sanctions would discourage open defecation towards creating a healthy environment for business and leisure.
By Emmanuel Addai