The Upper East regional Minister, Rockson Bukari has issued a barrage of stern warnings to landlords who do not have toilet facilities in their houses and have given them a three-month ultimatum to provide toilet facilities in their houses.
The Upper East region currently tops the Open defecation chart in Ghana. Upper East region came last in a report put together by UNICEF because the region lacks household toilets.
But speaking at the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly’s town hall meeting, Rockson Bukari said it is a sad development that the Upper East region is rated as last in the country.
He indicated that since he took over office, his major headache has been the level of open defecation in especially the regional capital, Bolgatanga.
The Minister warned all landlords who do not have household toilet facilities to as a matter of urgency provide their houses with toilet facilities or risk been publicly shamed and prosecuted.
“All the Assemblies should go back and form taskforces to arrest all those who engage in open defecation and prosecute them. I also give all landlord who do not have toilets in their homes three months to provide their houses with toilet facilities or close down their houses.”
He charged tenants and the general public to report landlords who do not have toilet facilities in their houses to their various Assemblies in order to get their houses closed down.