According to some residents who spoke to Silver FM's senior reporter Akwadaa Nyame, the foul smell and poor sanitary conditions have been tormenting them for a long time. Akwadaa could not stand for few minutes due to the bad scent emanating from the toilet.
“I think you can even feel the scent yourself,we are suffering” one young man said holding his nose in disgust.
The public toilet is located in the middle of the town and near the main market. It has two main sections for both male and female and bathroom and is able to admit at least Sixteen people at time.
The failure or refusal as some residents put it by the District Assembly authorities to shutdown the facility has resulted in the human excreta overflow.
We discovered that the owner of the facility is infringing on sanitation bylaws.He has directly connected its toilet pipelines into gutters and discharging human excreta into the open drains causing negative health implications in the neighbourhood.
The District Chief Executive Hon Patrick Adu-Sei told Silver FM's morning show host Nana Kwabena Ampratwum that, steps are being taken to shut down the facility to force them to find a lasting solution to the problem.
He explained: "We had a call from the residents including their Assembly member that there was something going on, and so, we should come and see with our naked eyes". Our officers, he said, were dispatched to the area and upon reaching the scene, "it was a nasty thing. The whole place was scattered with faeces and there was a pipeline coming from a toilet discharging into the open drains".
The Assembly Member in the area Hon James Appiah indicated that preparations are underway to send the owner to court if he refuse to do what is right to serve as a deterrent to others "and when we get to the court, we’ll plead with the court to close down the facility until such a time that sanitation issues are at its best".
Hon. Appiah cautioned that if nothing is done about the situation, there could be cholera outbreak in the area.
He further advised residents discharging faeces into open drains to stop or face prosecution.
Story filed by Akwadaa Nyame(Silver FM)