Extricating Ourselves From The Quandary Of Poor Sanitation.
Sanitation Issues: A Modern Day Conundrum. Pt.2
Ghana is in a predicament pertaining to Poor Sanitation.
As inferred from my previous post, Sanitation is without a doubt a matter of grave importance and thus can no longer be disregarded and shrugged off. This write-up aims to discern a way to extricate our country from these dire straits.
In terms of our waste disposal, it is about time we made attractive the Sanitation sector to validate businesses to thrive in. By so doing it will attract private investors to invest in it, in order to help make headway towards sustainable development. Estimates show that, Ghana loses close to US$300 million annually due to poor sanitation; money that can be utilized elsewhere to build infrastructure.
Indeed except India, no developed country has done so without ameliorating their Sanitation sector. Yet, poor sanitation remains an imperceptible exigency to the Nation and her decision makers, because its repercussions are not as instantaneous as earthquakes or tsunamis, yet without question it is as perilous as either.
It has been proved that good Sanitation has a positive psychological effect on the attitude and cognition of the citizenry. Countries like Sweden send less than 1% of their solid waste to landfill sites (disposal) and turn 99% of their wastes into useful resources. Kenya has retrofitted toilets to produce biogas. What prevents us from instituting companies to do same? Surely all the waste CHOKING this country can be recycled? When it is all said and done, these are all attainable ventures.
Meanwhile, in Accra and some parts of our country, finding a place to dump solid waste (because it is seen as useless) is an issue in itself. Where lies our sense of Nationalism and Patriotism? For without these any venture made to curb and constrain issues of poor Sanitation will be an exercise in futility.
Thus, as stated by Albert Einstein:”We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” As such above all else we must cultivate a good dose of nationalism to infuse into ourselves and too the younger generation, to help create sympathy and empathy towards all matters entailing our nation, and help build patriotic sentimentality to help ‘make our nation strong’.
The author Festus Oppong Kwabena Asante (FOKA)
Festus Oppong Kwabena Asante is an avid reader, kopite, journalist and sports writer. He is an art and poetry lover, whose favorite pastime is to watch his beloved REDS conquer all of England, Europe and the World.