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10.02.2009 Politics

Toilet War Lingers

By Daily Guide

REPORTS REACHING DAILY GUIDE indicate that the struggle to take over public toilets by some National Democratic Congress (NDC) adherents in parts of the country still remains a ritual even though the practice has widely been condemned.

The latest facility to fall prey to this untoward attack is the Mallam Tunga public toilet in the Ga West District Assembly.

According to Alhaji Ali Gariba, spokesperson for SEIZAIG Enterprise, official operators of the facility, on January 8 2009, a day after President John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills was sworn into office, a group of young men purported to have come from the camp of the NDC thronged the facility, demanding that the caretakers left the place for them since for them, their government was in power.

Meanwhile, the facility has been given on contract to the above-named outfit under the Privatisation of Sanitation Facilities Scheme by the Ga West District Assembly to operate and manage a modern 30-seater sanitary facility on the land of Mallam.  

The first contract was established from 2006 to 2008 and was renewed from the latter date to 27th March, 2010.

As confused as he was by the development, Alhaji Gariba questioned the people who allegedly sent those boys to come and take over the facility. “They said that Mr. Daniel Sackey, NDC Constituency Chairman of Weija had ordered them to take over the toilet,” he told the paper.

“In order not to flare up tempers, I pleaded with them to go away and that I was going to see Sackey myself later on,” he narrated, adding that he sent two of his boys to Sackey's place to confirm the situation.

Alhaji Gariba then reported the matter to the Ga West District Assembly with which SEIZAIG Enterprise had signed a two-year contract.

A letter written to the assembly and signed by the Director of SEIZAIG Enterprise, Seidu Gariba, on January 14, 2009 read: “I hereby inform you about the inconvenience some gangs who recently came to my place of work to take out the monies we had on that very day.

When they came, they claimed to be members of the NDC and that they were sent by the Chairman of Weija Constituency. Please sir, I will like to know if in case you and your management are aware of this inconveniences. I please want to be convinced if that is true”.

After the Assembly had denied knowledge of granting such a permit to Mr. Sackey and his cohorts, Alhaji Gariba said he reported the case to the Odorkor Police.

For an amicable solution to the problem, he indicated that there was an organised meeting with Mr. Sackey, the Odorkor Police Commander and some officials of the Assembly on February 4 for Mr. Sackey to explain why he wanted to take over the toilet facility.

Alhaji Gariba stated that Mr. Sackey, with no obvious reasons, called for the termination of the contract between the Ga West District Assembly and SEIZAIG Enterprise.

It was reported that Mr. Sackey had since January 14 this year been in charge of collecting daily sales of GH¢70 from the caretakers of the toilet facility.

By Nathaniel Y.Yankson