asked the Minister for Local Government and Rural
Development what steps the Accra Metropolitan Assembly had taken to repair and maintain the central sewage system in Dansoman Estates since it took over its management in 2007.
Deputy Minister for Local Govern- ment and Rural Development (Mr Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye on behalf of the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development): Mr Speaker, thank you very much for the opportunity given to me to Answer this Question on behalf of the Hon Minister for Local Government and Rural Development.
Mr Speaker, the Dansoman Estates Sewerage System was ceded to Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) under the Accra Sewerage Improvement Project by the State Housing Company in 2007. The Accra Sewerage Improvement Project (ASIP) is being financed by the African Development Bank with funding support of sixty-eight million US dollars (USD 68,000,000.00)and being implemented by the Government of Ghana. Under this project, the Dansoman Estates sewerage system is to be rehabilitated and extended to non-sewered areas close to the sewerage system.
The ASIP rehabilitation and extension of existing sewerage network covers Dansoman Estates, Jamestown, Accra Central, Ministries Area, Labone Civil Servants Estates, Achimota School and its environs, University of Ghana main campus and Junior Staff Quarters Area, Presbyterian Boys Secondary School, University of Professional Studies and its environs in Accra.
Mr Speaker, a contract was signed in August 2014 between the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and Messrs China Henan International Cooperation Group Company LTD for the rehabilitation and extension works of sewerage networks which include cleaning and changing of
sewer lines for the contract sum of seventeen million, nine hundred and ninety-two thousand, two hundred and seventy US dollars and eighty-four cents (USD 17,992,270.84). The works being done cover the Dansoman Estates, specifically the Zodiac Area (Banana Lane, through the Dansoman Post Office area, First Light to 2nd Agege Link), Nii Mampong Okai Area (Datus School Community) and Shiabu. Currently, in the Dansoman area, 2.8 kilometres of sewer lines have been replaced and 13 kilometres of sewer lines have been cleaned. The expected completion date of the project is 30th November, 2015.
The project has also undertaken sensitisation programmes for a wide range of stakeholders such as the traditional leaders, residents' association, educational institutions (PRESEC, Achimota School, University of Ghana, and University of Professional Studies), Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies (AMA and La Dadekoton Municipal) and Health institutions in the beneficiary communities.
The project is also procuring maintenance equipment for sustainable operation and maintenance of the sewerage system. There is also the intention to undertake further training of sewerage staff on the operation and maintenance of the equipment and the system.