Akplabanya community including staff and school pupils in the Ada West District of the Greater Accra Region attend to nature’s call in the open and at the Seashore, not because there is no toilet facility in the Community, but for the assembly’s perceived refusal to pay some money owned a Chief.
The Chief of the Community, Nene Ankrah Kitcher Labia – VI, had locked a State of the Art Water Closest Toilet facility claiming that the District Assembly owes him 4000 Thousand Cedis. The over 10,000 populated community as a result goes to the nearest open place to ease themselves because they have no option.
The USAID in collaboration with the then Dangme East District Assembly constructed the about 70 thousand Cedis10-seater toilet facility for the community in 2015 with auxiliary facilities including 4 poly tanks for water storage and electricity. However, the fenced wash facility was padlocked by Nene Ankra Kitcher Labia-Vl because he alleged that the district assembly owed him an amount of GHC 4000 as part of the terms in the contractual agreement.
Meanwhile, two out of the existing 3 toilets in the community which are no longer in use due their deteriorated nature beyond repairs, leaving only one also not in the best of shape. Reacting to the issue, the district Chief executive for Ada West, Adzoteye Lawyer Akrofi stated that he severally pleaded with the Chief to allow the community to access the facility while the Assembly settles him in instalment, but he (chief) has declined. He noted that the Chief at a point physically prevented a team of Assembly staff who went there to officially commission the facility.
The Ada West DCE observed that the good news however was that, the Assembly is mobilising funds to pay Nene Ankrah Kitcher Labia -Vi, in bulk so that the community including the Chief can access the toilet. The Assembly, he further stated will have to repair the broken metal gate and replace parts of the roofing that was ripped off.
Adzoteye Larweh Akrofi has recently been complaining about the lack of support from the local Chiefs when ever the Assembly approaches them to release lands for community development.
Nene Ankrah Kitcher Labia VI, when contacted confirmed the allegations, but only denied that he physically prevented Assembly staff from commissioning the project.
Source: WestAfrica24. Com || Paul Mamattah