- Ghana is filthy! Gutters are choked, rubbish heaped at markets and bus stops, defecation in open places; Ghana is filthy! Everyone has a hand in it but most people would say that it starts from the grassroots. Maybe! But what system is in place for the ‘grassrooters’ to dispose of rubbish. Other nations have it; regulations and systems designed to manage waste. Do we have these regulations and systems and are they being enforced? The people’s complaint: ‘they don’t come for the rubbish’. Regulations and systems! Grassroots! Really!
Following a publication in the Daily Graphic, a seminar was held earlier this morning at the Swiss Spirits Alisa Hotel, North Ridge. The program was scheduled for 7: 00 a.m. but commenced after 8:00 a.m. – not quiet time sensitive considering how late the program ended (after 12 noon).
The speakers were Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare (Director General of Ghana Health Service), Mr. Peter Abum Sarkodie (CEO EPA), Mr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong (Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies) and Mr. Kwame Asiedu Asubonteng, (Environmental Sanitation Consultant). Other dignitaries and stakeholders were also in attendance, with Mr. Kofi Adda, (Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources) as guest of honor.
Also in attendance were members of the press; the likes of Metro TV, TV3 and Joy News- you would wonder if the other media houses care about our sanitation at all or if programs like these are not really news worthy. As much as the whole program was long, you would expect the media to stay till the end but some left. Organizers also brought in beautiful tall ladies (models), holding out signs that read on sanitation.
Aside from the late start, the program went on successfully without any hiccups. The talk was as usual, long; lots of opinions, ideas and strategies with regards to our sanitation problem. Everyone spoke well. But how many times have our leaders spoken well on solving our sanitation problem and not acted accordingly. A lot of such programs and initiatives are held often but our country still remains in filth- the promises made, not being fulfilled.
We also never miss a chance to do ’item 13’ and in this instance, gift vouchers were given out to from what I could see, some of the members of the press; yeah well you don’t attend a Ghanaian program and not get something.
The program overall was not short of standard, sophistication and prospect. We’re just hoping that the same enthusiasm and efficiency that went into this program will be accorded to action towards solving our sanitation problem because let’s face it, our country is filthy and this better not be just more talk on our country’s filth.