The number of the Ghanaian population that litters in public is heartbreaking. The agenda of making Ghana a clean country has never been able to achieve. Many attempts have been made by Governments to eliminate dirt from the country but all forces don’t seem to work because of the attitude of its citizens.
Upon all the campaigns made against littering, I have been behind moving vehicles when rubbish is being thrown out on the streets by passengers. The laws governing littering are made but every bit of it doesn’t seem to work. Our markets, streets, gutters are choked with refuse especially plastic wastes. The government has been able to put up a recycling plant that recycles mostly plastic but only in the capital city Accra but Accra still remains the dirtiest city in Ghana.
Recently, a photo was shared on social media of gutters choked with rubbish right in front of the Ministry of Health. The supposed Ministry taking care of the country’s health can’t even keep their environment clean. The mentality of the Ghanaian citizens is always unpredictable, dustbins are provided but most people don’t them and even if used, they abuse them. Dustbins provided for littering are normally taken for the refuse dump. People carry refuse from their various homes and dump them in these litters dustbin.
The country has set up institutions which take care of refuse but cleaners sometimes work for months without salaries. Refuse is sometimes not taken on time or delayed which makes the place smelly and uncomfortable to stay around. Ghana’s current situation in making the country clean has now become like a sinking ship. One can insult you if you try to correct a person to do the right thing by not littering around.
Laws governing sanitation should be tightened and taking seriously to ensure the citizens keep the country clean at all times. Let’s help keep Ghana’s clean agenda forward.