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General News of Tuesday, 10 April 2018


Human feaces run through houses in Dansoman

Health crisis is looming in Dansoman in the Greater Accra as a result of human excreta running through some houses at Polyclinic Down in Dansoman in the Greater Accra Region, Today can report.

The situation, according to residents, is due to the abandoned sewerage tank project by the Accra Sewerage Inspection Project (ASIP).

When Today visited the area last week, it came out that most of the septic tanks of many residents were choked with human faeces and used tissues.

The area had already started breeding mosquitoes and maggots, making it highly precarious for human settlement.

Speaking in an interview with Today, some of the residents complained about the lackadaisical attitude of the Accra Sewerage Inspection Project (ASIP).

According to them, several reports made to the Director-in-charge of ASIP, Mr Stephen Ackon, regarding the situation has fallen on deaf years as he insisted nothing could be done until the completion of the Accra Sewerage Project.

The residents pointed out that despite huge government investment into the Dansoman sewerage project, it was turning out to be a waste of resources.

This development, according to the distraught residents, had been clearly exposed due to the current situation of human waste connected to the main sewerage tanks.

According to them, their septic lines, which are connected from various houses to the main sewerage, had all been blocked.

They lamented that the situation endangered the lives of some of the residents, particularly children.

The paper discovered that the development had also compelled residents to create their own septic tanks alongside the main sewerage lines.

Meanwhile, when Today contacted Mr Ackon, he admitted that the residents approached him over the issue.

According to him, when he visited the area some weeks ago some of the residents had built new septic lines, leading to the blocking of the old septic lines.

Mr Ackon said his investigations showed that there was only one house, which was not getting access to free flow of wastewater from the house.

“I want to say that we do not deal with individual houses…if you are building your house, it is your responsibility to do your own water and electricity connections to your residents.

“And it is only when you are connecting these facilities outside your property that is when either the city authorities come in to help. So if somebody’s house has a problem with his own household water connection how do we get it involved to solve that problem,” Mr Ackon explained.