HomeAFRICAGHANA: Court Orders Landlords To Construct Household Toilet

GHANA: Court Orders Landlords To Construct Household Toilet

Published on

-Advertisement-

A Hohoe Magistrate Court in Ghana’s Volta Region has reportedly ordered Messrs. Francis Ahiaho and Samuel Tenkpor, both household heads, to construct a toilet before February 27, 2023.

According to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), the duo had been before the Court for refusal to construct household latrine and depositing of faeces in polythene bags behind their living room and bathhouse.

Ahiaho pleaded guilty while Tenkpor pleaded guilty with explanation but could not be exonerated of the charge.

The Court granted them a bail of GH¢1,000 with two sureties each and they will re-appear in Court on February 27 for sentencing.

Prosecuting, Mr. Frank Azila-Gbettor told the Court presided over by Madam Edith Lucy Dzormeku that the accused people were household heads who inherited the house from their late father.

He said that on February 2, last year, a team of Environmental Health Officers in charge of the area during their routine premises inspection, detected that occupant of the two accused people’s premises wrapped faeces in black polythene bags and deposited in the house especially at the back of their living rooms and the bathhouse.

Azila-Gbettor said that the officers drew the attention of the first accused person’s wife concerning the nuisances found in their premises in the presence of one other woman who also stayed in the same house.

He said that the two accused people were invited to the office on February 4, and they pleaded for a month extension to enable them construct latrines for their households.

Azila-Gbettor said that an agreement was reached between the two and the officer in-charge which was fully documented and signed by the first accused person.

He said that on May 24, which was after three months, the officers made a follow up visit to the house and to their surprise, the practice of defaecating in polythene bags and depositing some in the premises continued and no latrine was also built.

Azila-Gbettor said that subsequent visits made on July 1, September 13, November 7 and December 21 revealed that the phenomenon persisted, and the latrine was still not built.

He said that the occupants still practiced open defecation and hoarding human excreta in the house.

Azila-Gbettor noted that on January 11 this year at about 0830 hours when the summons was served on the accused people, there was evidence of open defecation as usual.

He noted that the absence of household latrines in houses, forced household members to practice open defecation either directly defecating on the bare ground or wrapping human faeces in polythene bags and depositing them at unauthorized places in communities.

Azila-Gbettor said that the act possibly generated bad odour, breeding of houseflies and resulted in outbreak of diseases including cholera and typhoid fever.

-All Rights Reserved-
Permission to use any material, including text, still photograph, audio and video from this site is granted subject to permission being formally sought and, if granted, appropriate credit must duly be given to The News Room as the source.

Latest articles

Remmy Nweke has joined the NIRA BoT

Mr. Remmy Nweke, Lead Consulting Strategist and Group Executive Editor of ITREALMS Media Group,...

Ten faces behind Nigeria’s expanding fashion footprint

Despite a difficult business environment, Nigeria has generated designers and entrepreneurs who are helping to put the country on the map.

May Day: It is ‘wickedness’ for the government to owe workers and pensioners – PDP chieftain

Dotun Babayemi, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman in Osun, has asked for increased benefit packages for workers in order to incentivize them to perform best.

UFC to host first African fight in Senegal, ignores Nigeria over lack of infrastructure

Due to a lack of infrastructure, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), an American mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, has passed up Nigeria as the likely first African country to host a combat event, with Senegal emerging as the leader to hold what would be a historic event.

More like this

Remmy Nweke has joined the NIRA BoT

Mr. Remmy Nweke, Lead Consulting Strategist and Group Executive Editor of ITREALMS Media Group,...

Ten faces behind Nigeria’s expanding fashion footprint

Despite a difficult business environment, Nigeria has generated designers and entrepreneurs who are helping to put the country on the map.

May Day: It is ‘wickedness’ for the government to owe workers and pensioners – PDP chieftain

Dotun Babayemi, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman in Osun, has asked for increased benefit packages for workers in order to incentivize them to perform best.