Friday December 15th, 2017. (Article)
Written by: Krobea Asante Tofepa Ntomentwene, Executive Coordinator for Drink Safe Water Group.
“I wonder why the snake must be starred and allowed to bite and kill us, when the rod is just before us to save ourselves from a mishappening”, Executive Coordinator, Krobea Asante and the Drink Safe Water Group is calling for the crack of the whisk to put things right on the weak hands cramping down filth making in the country.
Same situation has been created around us over centuries, and now hunting us as people no longer live to maintain personal hygiene and have totally avoided to protect the very environment within which they survive.
“If we shall continue to vote for Mp’s to enact laws for us, but fail to enforce them, then I am sorry to say, we have no priorities in governance”, I am only passionate about people, peace, prosperity, partnerships and planets, have this to note to Ghanaian’s and the world.
“I find it difficult to describe who truly a Ghanaian is when he is home and what he transforms to become when outside his country”, Mr. Krobea has started engagement with many stakeholders in the discussion.
Please read the article below, send us messages on whatsapp, +233 262449313 let’s find lasting solutions to our environmental and sanitation challenges, we cannot continue to disobey rules of our land.
GHANAIAN’S WHO TRAVEL OUTSIDE GHANA OBSERVE SANITATION LAWS AND SHOW DISCIPLINE!
What’s the real problem with us in the sanitation menace fight?
Check a country like Johannesburg, it is one of the wealthiest modern cities in Africa; it has a lot of investment and career opportunities.
Its airport is one of the best in the world and it is home to the largest man-made forest in the world.
The inner cities are clean and there are several shopping malls, international hotels and restaurants, Johannesburg is an amazing city to live in.
Windhoek, Namibia As the economic, social, cultural and political capital of Namibia, it is the location of most government institutions.
Though a relatively small city it has a bubbling business district which has trendy shopping malls, bars and restaurants.
It has adequate healthcare services and has good educational institutions. Windhoek is a wonderful place to live in.
Comparatively, the state of Ghana’s filth especially in the capital Accra is a bane to the country as technocrats find it more complex getting solution to relegate it.
The Anti – water pollution and environmental protection group has started the debate, and making tremendous media captions in many news bulletins as engagement of stakeholders has just begun.
The In a response to the way forward to end the sanitation challenges of the country, Mr. Michael Ologo, Parliamentary hopeful for NDC in the Yilo Krobo Municipality has said it is always possible only when the mindsets of the citizens change.
He told Krobea Asante, executive Coordinator for Drink Safe Water Group that, even though it is seemingly difficult for Ghanaian’s to put up acceptable behaviors in the country, he is surprised same people travel abroad and observe rules pertaining to environmental protection and pollution.
The statements follows a promise made by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo on 13th of November, 2017 to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa, which the groups Coordinator fears will be a talk show.
According to Mr. Krobea Asante, if the President and the sector Minister, Mr. Joseph Kofi Adda do not put stringent measures, the talk will not be walked and may remain a mirage as the attitude of most Ghanaian’s seem to set a reproach to the vision of the President of the Republic of Ghana.
Since yesterday, the group’s Coordinator has been responding and engaging the media on what he says is feared to befall the President having reiterated his commitment to make Accra cleanest city in Africa.
Mr. Krobea Asante Tofepa Ntomentwene, who is also a former morning show host at Rite FM, a local based Agric radio station in Somanya has said, “the President has spoken well, called for Ghanaian’s to make everyday a sanitation day, but sorry to say he may be referred a liar by the 53 countries who make up the African continent”.
He mentioned that, the 5 regions that make up Africa have taken note of the remarks and await to see the state of Accra sooner.
Mr. Krobea Asante mentioned South Africa, North Africa, Eastern Africa, Central and Western Africa as member counties awaiting to see this promise.
He told Mr. Ologo that, if same people who travel behave well outside the country, but will have no respect here, then discipline is just the way forward to end indiscriminate waste disposal and open – defecation.
In a development, Mr. Godfred Ceasar, School Health Education Programme Coordinator in the Lower Manya Krobo municipality added explaining to members of DSW GROUP the statements below.
“Many Ghanaians litter here in Ghana but when they travel to developed countries they dare not litter”
What’s the difference? why is indiscriminate littering so abundant in Ghana and so rare elsewhere?
Enforcement of the laws, “We have so many laws, but enforcement of the laws is our problem”, he noted
Out there, the law is clear and even if Ure a minister and u flout any rules, you will be dealt with.
Peoples attitudes change in response to laws that are enforced, let’s enforce our laws, if the law bites hard enough, the attitudes will change.
This has facilitated much contributions from members of DSW Group who most have called for law enforcement and attitudinal change in lifestyle.
Check out these comments! [12/14, 23:46] Kafui Agbe Ypad:
Ashesi University is established right here in Ghana with Ghanaian schooling and working there. The sanitation on that campus is one of a kind just like when you travel to Europe or America.
What is the difference?, providing things that makes the system work.
You have bins at reasonable intervals. No one tells you not to litter. You just know you can’t litter, the system is made to work by Authorities..
[12/14, 23:47] Mr. Issaka Amon Kotei Local Government Expert : Our systems are not working at the Municipal level.
Due to poor planning, we as a nation lost control over zoning, that has lead us into this situation.
[12/15, 08:37] Mr. Godfred Ceasar SHEP Coordinator: Ashesi University is too far from us in Krobo land.
My brother, just get to Ensign College of Puplic Health at Kpong and it is a different story all together.
We know the right thing but it is our attitudes, enforcement of the law is also another big area that must be tackled.
If we are able to look at these things carefully ,we can get somewhere with regards to this big sanitation problem we are battling with throughout the Country.
Let us change our attitudes, the laws should be enforced, if ones surrounding is dirty, the person must be tasked to clean it or a spot fine is applied.
In all these Mr. Krobea Asante Tofepa Ntomentwene, Dsw Coordinator has maintained the application of common law to achieve the targets.
If we Ghanaian’s can respect the laws of other countries, why the disregard with the laws and bye laws we have here?
Source : DSW GROUP.