ACCRA DRAINAGE SYSTEM- A TICKING TIME BOMB

It’s the month of JUNE and in my beloved country Ghana the capital city we still have the memory of a black day lingering on our minds. June 3rd, 2015 is a day no Ghanaian would like to remember due to the disaster that happened where we had floods and a fire explosion which lead to the death of over a hundred dear citizens of Ghana. Those who escaped with life, did so at a cost of a scar they will never forget. These floods were caused by the weakness and poor structure of our drainage system and unfortunately a river that could earn us tourism income has turned into a dumping site for fecal matter. This shows how as Ghanaians, it is shameful that we are not conscious of our environment. When you are even in a bus and you pass through the area, the stench is very unpleasant and as such very bad.As I said earlier, the issue of our drainage system is a ticking time bomb because the drains do not only cause floods but also health problems such as cholera, typhoid and other pandemic diseases. This is not only the responsibility of the city authorities but also a responsibility for all of us. As a matter of fact, we should bow our heads in shame because our lack of discipline and negligence on our path towards our environment caused this unfortunate disaster. This disaster has brought pain causing scars on people for life and also people loosing their loved ones and bread winners with no one to look up to bringing untold hardship on them a year on and they remember the pain and how they lost their loved ones and those who survived re-count how through the tragic incident they survived. This does not only cause physical pain but psychological trauma. 

I am not putting together this article only to remind us of our pain as Ghanaians but to set us on a more proactive and preventive mindset concerning our drainage system and our environment at large.

-Stella Annan.



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