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Sanitation Issues: A Modern Day Conundrum.

Our Nation Is Being Choked To “Death” By Our Wastes.

It is an established fact that Africans, and especially Ghanaians in particular have an overzealous commitment to Godliness or the worship of God. This is further propounded through the saying that cleanliness is next to Godliness, a phrase first recorded recorded in a sermon in 1778 by John Wesley and which is mostly espoused and used as a phrase by Ghanaians in our daily lives. The World Health Organization defines the term “Sanitation” as follows: “Sanitation generally refers to the provision of facilities and services for the safe disposal of human urine and feces. The word ‘sanitation’ also refers to the maintenance of hygienic conditions, through services such as garbage collection and wastewater disposal.” So the question i ponder on which continues to baffle and elude my understanding is; why so much waste in our country?.


The phrase ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’, seeks then to admonish and curtail habits that lead to the gradual destruction of our environment, and you would have thought that as religious as Ghanaians are and with the common use(and perhaps overuse) of the aforementioned phrase that the people would perhaps pay a modicum of attention to the way they dispose off their wastes so as not to CHOKE our beloved nation!! But NO!!, Ghanaians continue to develop a certain sense of apathy towards sanitation issues in this country.


In Ghana, there are indeed concerted efforts being made by the government, various institutions and some select individuals to tackle environmental sanitation and personal hygiene issues. Yet the conundrum is the people who constitute Ghana, the country itself. 


The bane of our sanitation problems is largely attributed to the rural-urban migration phenomena which triggered the increase of urban waste generation despite several efforts by government to ensure there is a policy framework to guide the management of environmental sanitation and waste management across the cities and towns in the country. And yet our country is still CHOKED!!.


The typical Ghanaian behavior is to talk, talk and continue talking with little to no real action. Many laws have been passed by parliament and have not been enforced, many government promises have been made to the people and have not been fulfilled and yet it is nobody’s business to check anybody in the lane. This without a doubt is a recipe for disaster. In contemporary times, the world has awakened to walking the talk, literally, and just maybe this can be the wakeup call Ghanaians have needed all along, perhaps?


In my next write-up, i seek to ascertain the way forward for our beloved country, whether or not it is too late, mayhap perhaps?(then again is it ever too late?).

Festus Oppong Kwabena Asante (FOKA)

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.

18 Comments

  1. There cn only be a change if we change our mindset..if we aa nah able to dhu the little things right,hw aa we gonna dhu greater things…if care is not taken,generations aa neva gonna get a country called Ghana anymore

  2. We Ghanaians should change our mindset and stop comparison…we compare ourselves but yet still we can’t do anything concrete..when white ppl compare themselves they try to pick up de positive aspect to turn into their own advantage..

  3. I don’t think this issue has got anything to do with the government at all. It’s starts with us. If we’re not willing to change for ourselves. Then what can the government do.

  4. The real problem is we all feel its the government's duty to keep the country clean. What if we didn't litter? Then there'll be no need for clean ups even…

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