Center Regional Minister Justina Marigold Assan has declared a merciless war on open defecation in the region.
Currently, the region has only 19 percent of decent domestic toilets.
Ms. Assan described the household toilet deficit as huge and tasked the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) to support households without toilets with materials to build them. She said it would help stop open defecation, which has become a national canker.
The regional minister made the appeal when she paid a courtesy visit to the chiefs of Agona East and West to officially introduce herself as the new minister of the region and seek their support in transforming the area.
She was unhappy that all the efforts by various stakeholders to end the threat had not yet produced the desired impact.
The minister, who is determined to achieve open defecation-free status for the region, also called for the collective involvement of all stakeholders to help end the threat in the region and the country in his together.
Ms Assan said the practice not only spreads communicable diseases, but is an uncivilized phenomenon, which should not be tolerated in society.
She urged homeowners to build domestic toilets to support a society without open defecation.
“The country cannot be successful if domestic toilets are not available to tenants,” she said.
In the traditional area of Agona Nsabaa, the Bishop of Osabarima, Boa Appiah Afriyie II, pledged his unwavering support to make the country’s transformation agenda a reality.
He called on the minister to use her good offices to help build the region’s road network which is affecting the local economy and slowing down businesses.
Osabarima Afriyie said the traditional area had secured land for the construction of a hospital to meet the health needs of people in the region and called on the government to quickly consider the project.
He called on the Ghana Police Service (GPS) to increase the presence of security in the region in order to reduce the crime rate and social vices.
Ms Assan said she would meet with relevant stakeholders to address any issues raised and thanked them for their support and prayers.
The Minister paid a working visit to the Agona East and West Assemblies, interacted with their staff and urged them to help the leadership transform the region.
She inspected some ongoing projects, hired the contractors and asked them to deliver quality work in a timely manner.