Ghana’s sweet marriage to forgetfulness
I was highly devastated weeks ago when Ghana was hit by a double disaster of flood and fire at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle June 3, 2015, Accra; and I’m absolutely confident that I wasn’t the only one.
Apparently, apart from the terrible news from The Kwame Nkrumah Circle flood-prone areas like Spintex, Avenor, Chorkor, Kokomlemle, Kosoa and others had their own share of terror, except the damage wasn’t as devastating as that of Circle.
Now individuals, NGO’s, Government and religious groups led donation campaigns to aid victims who were rendered homeless as well as hundreds of business men and women who lost fortunes amidst the pangs of the disaster.
Thankfully, the pain of loss and fear is gradually fading away; effects of situations that are just irreparable have thus been left to ebb away by itself with time.
In the heat of the moment, all eyes turned on Accra Mayor, Alfred Nii Oko Vandapujie as the public demanded that he resign or be sacked by President Mahama.
Well, Mr. Vandapujie took a reactive approach to pull down unauthorized structures particularly those built on waterways. Old Fadama, popularly known as Sodom and Gomorrah was the hardest hit by this demolition exercise as residents had to return to their hometowns or had to quickly find other alternative places of abode.
Sensitization campaigns were carried out to boost interest in the Gov’t initiative, the Sanitation day to clear filth from gutters and drains by the media.
Then just after weeks of these efforts to prevent the recurrence of floods in the city, I gaze upon filth in one the densely populated neighbourhoods in Accra, Lapaz- Abeka.
Interestingly, everyone walked past while tenants of neighbouring houses comfortably lazed about without taking the initiative to clear the gutters which were conspicuously choked with non-biodegradable waste at the rear and front of their homes.
Then I asked myself, has the assembly man or woman not seen these; and if yes, what is he/she doing about it?
So then I’m wondering, when are the authorities going to hold responsible perpetrators of haphazard littering of the city?
Whose responsibility is it to ensure that the general public is well educated on the dangers of entertaining filth in the city?
And to the ordinary citizen, how comfortable are we living, trading and operating in an environment engulfed in filth?
Perhaps the people of Ghana haven’t learned even through the painful experience of June 3.
If Government, city authorities and the common citizen that is directly affected by such crisis will sit aloof after such as a loss as that of June 3, then I think My Dear Ghana, has a genuine problem of forgetfulness that needs fixing ASAP.