Residents at the Amomaso community, in the Berekum Municipal Assembly of the Bono Region, woke up to a devastating news after a torrential rainfall in the community.
On Saturday, March 6, 2021, there was a heavy down pour, which led to the immediate collapse of a three year old wooden toilet facility, the only public toilet facility in the community.
The Amomaso community, which is largely a farming community, has a population of over one thousand five hundred inhabitants.
Three years ago, the Amomaso community was taken over by a group of young people, who engaged in illegal mining on the various farm lands.
Speaking to Masemtvgh, Nana Gyabeng Damoah, the chief of Amomaso community, disclosed that this particular public toilet facility was constructed in the year 2017.
”This trench was dug by gallamseyers who came from other places to prospect for gold three years ago”. He continued that ”the community did not allow them to continue with their illegal activities and subsequently, provided wooden structures around it to be used as public toilet to serve the community”.
Mr Kyei Thomas, the Assembly Member for Benkasa – Nanasua – Amomaso Electoral Area, told Masemtvgh that, he was informed of this huge destructions by the torrential rainfall which occured on Saturday by his committee chairman. ”My committee chairman called me this morning to brief me on the series of destructions that have occured last night”.
”I have arranged for a meeting with the unit committee members on Monday, to deliberate on how to get roofing sheets, nails, wooden slabs and other materials to raise the structures”, the Assembly Member added.
Mr David Abina, the community chairman, was visibly disturbed on how to raise money by the community to undertake this emergency project.
”We always call for communal labour on Tuesdays and so wish we are able to raise the needed materials before Tuesday so that we can all work on it”, Mr David Abina stated. To him, this project must be done within the shortest time to prevent any possible outbreak of disease.
According to the committee chairman, there is a higher probability of majority of males, resorting to open defecation which, to him, ”has the least chance to cause for outbreak of communicable duseases such as cholera and diarrhoea” in the start of the raining season.
Mr David Abina, on behalf of the community, appealed to the assembly, philanthropists, individuals and groups to support them with the needed materials, to help them put the structure back for use.