A Clean and Healthy Environment We Need – Alex Nkansah

The popular saying, “Cleanliness is next to godliness” though not biblical is worth pursuing as we also believe that “whenever the last tree dies, the last man dies.” H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo and the NPP’s government bold decision to rid some parts of the country and communities of “galamsey” which was very much dangerous and inimical to the health of the citizens as deforestation, polluted water bodies and its living creatures, polluted lands, and at its peak claiming the lives of citizens were evident and replacing it with the Small Scale and Community Mining is a good step in its direction. However, whilst the water bodies with its creatures and the lands are regaining their former status, pollution of the environment with polyethene bags are becoming too rampant. The earlier we get rid of such filth, the better it will be for us.

The essence of a clean and healthy environment among others include promotion of positive mindset, improving spiritual and physical health, fosters a sense of beauty, etc. In view of this, a highly religious country like Ghana needs a clean and healthy environment.

I hereby appeal to H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo and the NPP government to do well to undertake sanitation activities twice in a month in the various districts especially at the markets, lorry stations, community centers, basic schools, etc. to rid these places of filth which is virtually swallowing us.

More so, we need to imbibe and intensify the need for a clean and healthy environment right from the lower primary school through to the tertiary levels as the Bible says: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6.

Also, our incoming Assembly members must see particularly to a sanitized electoral area as this boosts a healthy society with sound mind (mens sana, incopore sano – a sound mind lives in a healthy body). Communal labour as enshrined in the Constitution: Article 41(g) must be enforced to the latter as it is virtually becoming a thing of the past in our various electoral areas.

Significantly, our Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) must provide and place dust bins at vantage points and public places as it is very much sad to walk in Cape Coast (Central Regional Capital) from Pedu to Siwdu, Mfantsipim through Kotokuraba Market to Kingsway (Melcom) and beyond without the sight of a single dustbin on our city street. Upper Denkyira East Municipal Assembly (UDEMA) is not left out as one could walk from Atechem to “Dwakesiem” (Central Market) through Dunkwa Soro to Zongo and you cannot find a single dustbin. Humbly, I ask, where does the authorities want us to dispose of our various polyethene bags, particularly, “Nsu/Pure water” sachets and other garbages which have dominated our trading activities?

I therefore recommend to the Assemblies to liaise with the NABCO offices to identify graduates with Environmental background and or, one who has a passion for a clean environment to assist supervise a team of the YEA/Zoomlion employees to ensure regular and proper conduct of work.

Lastly, we need to separate our waste substances into plastics, metals and papers so as to reuse and recycle them as the current methods of filth disposals are not worth it.

Nkansah, Alex