The problem of flooding anytime there is a downpour in Ghana, has become perennial for the simple reason that, many of our drains are not covered.
The country again, has been battling filth for ages now; a fight that seems to have defied all interventions by government, despite president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s promise to make Ghana the cleanest city in Africa.
At a recently held forum organized by the Graphic Communications Group Ltd, the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Kofi Adda, placed the country’s inability to win the fight against filth at the doorstep of Zoomlion.
He blamed Zoomlion for not collecting rubbish on time and accused the company of usurping the powers of Municipal, Metropolitan and District Assemblies (MMDCs).
His utterances did not find favour with Ghanaians, who could attest to the tireless work Zoomlion is doing to ensure that, the dream of the president is realized.
The blame game, is what has brought us to where we are today, Zoomlion, can only do what it could in the midst of a people, who have chosen against common sense to construct drains and leave them open.
Last year, after many reports in the media of the terrible nature of Pantang hospital road, which was having negative effects on not only expectant mothers, but patients, who badly needed medical attention, and had to be rushed there, the government heeded to the many calls and assigned a contractor to the road, the contractor started well by constructing the drains (gutters), unfortunately after constructing the gutters, he packed his equipment and workers and left the site.
However, the gutters were not covered and as at the time of writing this editorial, the gutters are filled with rubbish and sand.
In our considered opinion, Ghana cannot afford to be doing the same thing and expect different results.
Every step we take forward at meeting the aspirations of our people, we take two steps backwards.
It is pertinent, in our view, that the government should get the contractor back to site to go and cover the drains, if not to finish the road, which has been abandoned.
The country owes posterity a duty not to get them to spend money to fix the mistakes that we ignored.
Very soon the rains will set in, are we prepared as a country?