Residents resort to poly bags as MCE locks only public toilet

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Residents of Opetekwei, a suburb of Accra have resorted to easing themselves in polythene bags and gutters, after the only existing toilet facility in the area was closed down.

The facility, which served the Dansoman -Opetekwei community in the Opetekwei electoral area was closed down by the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the area, George Wilson Blay.

It is unclear why the MCE locked the facility, but according to a close source, the MCE said the positioning of the facility poses threats to the lives of the residents, as it was built close to a transformer.

Meanwhile, a visit to the place by the Atinka news team confirmed that the place had been locked, preventing everybody from using it.


In response to this, the residents lamented that, “We have nowhere to attend natures call and therefore we had to do it in poly bags and also in the gutters at night.”

On the other hand, the management of the GPRTU and its executives at the same place, have also threatened to go after the MCE for demolishing their office at the Opetekwei lorry station, which was acquired  with the permission of the assembly.

They have, therefore, given the MCE up to Monday to build their office for them or face their wrath after Monday.

Abraham Duodu, the Chairman for Mamponse Opetekwei GPRTU and his people, also vowed a demonstration come Monday, adding that, “no car will move from that terminal and its environs until the MCE builds their office for us.”


Residents at Opetekwei, threatened to stage a serious demonstration against their Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for closing down the only existing toilet facility in the area.

According to reports, the facility, which had been closed down served the entire community in the Opetekwei electoral area.

The reports also indicated that the MCE, George Wilson Blay, two weeks ago threaten to demolish that toilet facility, denounced his intension after similar protest.

However, a few days after making his intentions known, he besieged the place with a joint military and police team to lock up the place on Friday morning.

Meanwhile, other offices belonging to the GPRTU in the area, were also demolished by the MCE.