It has emerged that about 5,645 workers in the hotel industry in Tema will lose their job due to broken down and choked sewer lines in the metropolis.
The breakdown of the imminent job losses, Today understands, comprises 2,145 permanent staff and 3,500 casual workers.
According to a research conducted by Elitrust Finecon and sponsored by Ghana Progressive Hotels Association (GHAPROHA), about 211 hotels and 300 restaurants in Tema spend 52 million Ghana cedis annually to repair damaged sewer lines in order to be in business.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the research organisation, Gabriel K. Ayiglo, made these revelations at an advocacy programme organised by GHAPROHA for its members in Tema. It was funded by the BUSAC FUND.
According to him, the hotel business in the Tema metropolis was compounded with many challenges including high interest rate and non-functioning of the sewerage systems.
Mr Ayiglo disclosed that the research also revealed that about 75 per cent of residents of Tema wanted a total rehabilitation of the sewer systems and renovation of all old pumping station.
The Tema Metropolitan Sanitary Engineer and Head of Waste Management, Engineer Noye, noted that the sewer lines in the Tema metropolis were chocked due to human activities.
He said there were instances where human skulls (from abortions) and condoms amongst other solid materials have been found in the chocked sewer lines.
Mr Noye announced that the assembly had signed an agreement with an Israeli company, which has been charged to completely change the whole sewer lines in Tema.
For his part, the Coordinator of Ghana Progressive Hotels Advocacy, Reverend Geadda Asando, stated that the objectives of the workshop was to present the research findings to members and to clearly ascertain, review and get a detailed history of the problem.
It was also to identify and seek explanation for the public policy underlying the current problem facing the hotel industry.