Residents of Ampabame No. 1 in the Ashanti Region are unable to use a new 32-seater toilet facility because a river deity says human sacrifice is required for its commissioning.
A priestess serving the Tano gods, guardians of the Bomofia stream near the facility, told Nhyira FM that the gods are angry with residents for dumping waste into the stream on a regular basis.
She also claims that the gods are not pleased with the location of the septic tank at the facility and will demand five lives if the toilet is to be operational.
The Ampabame community self-help toilet project began in 2005 in the Ashanti Region’s Atwima Kwanwoma district.
Due to financial constraints, it was completed 15 years later.
Richard Ofosuhene, Assembly member for the Area, stated that after the project was completed, patronage was low due to the shrine’s demand for human sacrifice and that it had to be locked up.
The 32-seater toilet facility is located near the Bomofia stream and is a short walk from the Tano shrine.
Because of the volume of waste in it, the highly polluted Bomofia stream appears choked.
The chairman of the Unit-Committee is Chief Kojo Acheampong.
After what appeared to be an hour of consultations with the gods, the priestess of the Tano gods told our news team that the facility could not be operational without human sacrifice.
People are afraid to use the facility because of the declaration.
The Assembly member says he will collaborate with community elders to carry out the necessary rituals.
If completed, the 32-seat facility will be the town’s second public toilet, serving a larger population.