MUST Read: Will Ghana Ever Be Free From Filth?

“At long last, the battle has ended! And thus, Ghana, your beloved country is free forever!”- Kwame Nkrumah

Those are the first sentence in Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s Speech when Ghana first Gained independence. I believe the excitement on that day was one that those that were present will never forget.

The Freedom Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was chanting is one that indicates that nothing will hold the country back.

He together with his cabinet definitely foresaw Ghana rocking shoulders with countries in the first world.

But Will Dr. Kwame Nkrumah be happy in his grave with things happening in the country?

Will he be smiling when the freedom he boldly declared for Ghana has not been fully materialized?

Ghana is far from experiencing Nkrumah’s freedom when petty things like Filth keeps ruling her capital, Accra.

If a country can not handle filth then that country is in for doom and Ghana’s case will not be an exception.

This is not far from the truth as it is very common to come across a heap of rubbish at most busy places in Accra.

Most of the filth produced in Accra comes from places such as Agboloshie, Circle, Makola, Kaneshie among other places.

These are places that hundreds of people visit daily to transact business so this does not come as a surprise that these areas are hubs for filth.

Visit these places at night and you will be surprised the heap of rubbish that will greet you.

I really thought that the situation will change when Akuffo-Addo promised to make Accra one of the cleanest cities in Africa by 2020 and even went further to appoint a minister for this course.

Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Is the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources who some few days ago said the government has achieved 85% of its promise to make Accra the cleanest City.

But this I beg to differ.

It is true that every first Saturday of every month cleaning exercise, takes place around Accra but what happens afterward.

You will be shocked to find out that out of these cleaning exercises, a heap of rubbish is mostly left on the shoulders of streets and gutters for days and sometimes weeks.

This has become the new normal that traders are not even disturbed about.

It is very sad filth keeps causing the country a lot of loss.

In 2019, Sanitation Minister revealed that Ghana spends $290 million, 1.6 percent of her GDP, on poor sanitation every year. Such a huge sum of money on filth, it a great shame.

Because of filth, the country suffers from cholera, choked Gutters and rivers like Odaw at Circle.

This damage does not end there as citizens suffer greatly during a heavy downpour.

Streets are mostly filled with overflowing water from gutters.

Even the rubbishes settle comfortably on our streets.

The big gutter Opposite Paloma Hotel sums up the level of filth in Accra.

There is no single day that you will pass by that get that you will not see it filled with Rubbish.

Mostly Take away packs, bottles, papers among others.

If it will take us to ban the use of plastics or non-biodegradable polythene bags in order to save their country of filth and floods, then let’s go for it.

If we must arrest and prosecute people who litter around, let’s not hesitate.

I wish that someday Accra will become one of the cleanest cities in the world.

I indulge the government not to leave any stone unturned for the course to materialize.

But let’s not forget that as citizens we also have a role to play in this.

“And, as I pointed out… from now on, today, we must change our attitudes and our minds. We must realize that from now on we are no longer a colonial but free and independent people”- Dr.Kwame Nkrumah

All these filth issues fall greatly on our mindset and attitude, just maybe if we change them Accra will become a great city.

The attitude of it is the duty of a sitting government to do these things must end.

Let’s not forget that we are all part of the government and therefore it equally our call.

“The time to clean our city of any dirt begins individual action for collective clean communities.”― Lailah Gifty Akita

Think about it.

 

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By: Naa Ayorkor Laryea

 

 

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