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The West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) on Monday, 28th November 2016 handed over a modern toilet facility to the people of Tema Manhean near the Tema R&M Station, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility interventions.This intervention, which comes a few days after the celebration of the World Toilet Day, is aimed at ending open defecation and promoting proper sanitation in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.



Handing over the project to the Chief of Manhean on behalf of WAPCo, the General Manager Corporate Affairs, Mrs Harriet Wereko-Brobby explained that the facility was built in response to the growing sanitation challenges facing the community, and in recognition of the fact that sanitation was now a global development priority.  As such, the donation represented WAPCo’s modest contribution towards achieving the United Nations target of ensuring that “everyone everywhere has access to toilets by 2030”. It was also to encourage good hygiene and sanitation practices within the community.  She encouraged the Tema Metropolitan Assembly and the Traditional Council to work together to ensure that the purpose for which the facility was provided, was achieved. She also referred to the donation of garbage skips as another initiative to improve health and sanitation in the community, and reiterated WAPCo’s commitment to the welfare of the youth in all its communities through the granting of scholarships.  She ended her remarks by calling on the community to continue to support the company in protecting the pipeline.
The new toilet facility
On his part, the Metropolitan Co-ordinating Director Mr Emmanuel Nortey expressed the Assembly’s appreciation to WAPCo for its contribution to the development of the community. He reaffirmed the community’s readiness to support WAPCo’s operations in a partnership towards sustainable development in the area.
The Tema East Sub-Metro Chairman, Hon. Ibrahim Adjetey on his part indicated that such a facility should be meant for visitors mostly, and urged the natives to build toilet facilities in their various homes. He underscored the fact that sanitation was critical to good health and a key component of improving the lives of the people.
Finally, Nii Tetteh Tsuru Okoor III – Akwasontse of Tema Manhean thanked WAPCo for contributing to the development of his community. He confirmed to the members of the community that the toilet facility was not the only project WAPCo had brought to the community, citing the scholarship programs and others as examples. He also stressed that the use of the facility was not going to be free and that a fee would be charged to enable the community to maintain the facility, adding that the project would help the Assembly and the Government in achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG). 

Dignitaries inspecting the facility

Official handing over of the facility