Friday, March 25, 2011

About The State of Water Delivery At Alajo In Accra

 In his recent State of the Nation address, His Excellency the President of Ghana, Professor John Atta Mills drew attention to the fact that water supply has been extended to many homes and the quality has also improved. This comes before Ghana’s marking of World Water where advocates and key players within that sector have called for the need to protect the country’s sources of water, especially as environmentalist cautions on global warming and the effects it has on sources of water. This was what the people of Alajo in Accra had to say:

The water delivery system over here at Alajo has improved over the past few months with the exception of electricity supply which is still facing problems. I have also come to notice that very often when there is a road construction, some of the pipe lines are affected and that also accounts for the reason why there is sometimes a cut in the water delivery to this area. Water is increasing becoming a very essential utility and the demand for it keeps rising by the day. I therefore urge the authorities to put in place measures which would ensure that the majority of people have access to water and not just that but, clean water for healthy living.”

Over the past few weeks there has been reported cases of cholera outbreak in some areas here at Alajo and since cholera has a certain linkage to the water we drink, I ask that those who control water supply to this area begin to test the water to find out whether the bacteria which causes the sickness has found its way into the channels. I also want to send a word of caution to the residents of this area to make sure that water is stored in buckets and barrels are covered and if possible boiled before drinking as flies and other flying insects which carries the bacteria can easily transmit the disease.”

For the greater part of last year through to this year, Alajo has had some stability when it comes to water supply. On a few occasions, we have had a cut in supply but that was due to one of the bigger pipes that runs by the side of the main road which got destroyed by a trailor-truck a some time ago. Not long ago, by 5 am in the morning you would find very little children and old men and women carrying gallons on their head in search of water. For this reason, the children often went to school late and there was general situation of discomfort  but the situation has improved and we need to commend the young men at the Ghana Water Company. They appear within minutes whenever there is a broken pipe line and that is a very good attitude to service of the nation”

Well apart from periodic cuts in water supply I believe the general situation is not bad. Very recently we heard about some downward adjustments in the price of water by the utility company but it has not reflected on my bill. It is either the landlord is doing ripping us off or there has not been a real decrease which I suspect is the case. It is also the case that there are some people in the society who as a result of ill health or old age are not able to pay for the use of water so I ask that the government puts in a place a special subsidy package for the vulnerable in the society.”

Very recently I got scandalized to know that the managers of the Ghana Water Company are foreigners and not Ghanaians. For which reason must we hand over the management of such an essential utility to a foreign company when we have very brilliant young men and women endowed with all the knowledge to manage these utility services. It is for some of these reasons we have an ever increasing number of unemployed young citizens in this country. Parents have invested so much into the education of their children and aftrer the toil and agony, there isn’t an availability of jobs to reward these people. This is gross injustice and we must find a solution to it before long. We must entertain an open economy that sees to the interest of every national who decides to work in this country but not to the detriment of our own people, they must be protected.”

Given the important role water plays in the lifes a people, I suggest that if it is possible, that important resource must be supplied free of charge. Water like air is so crucial for human sustenance and survival and the situation under which we sell water like waakye and tuo zaafi in a chop bar must be stopped. We pay so much taxes in this country and we do not know exactly what is done with does monies. Nothing at all comes without charge. I believe that more and more the leadership of this government even though are trying to mitigate the problems confronting this country must begin to look at some of these issues because it is central to every body”

Oh my son, Allah has asked us to speak the truth at all times and that is why it is only fair to say that Professor Mills has done very well for me. Some time ago I have carry gallons on my heard in search of water but the situation has changed. I just cannot remember the last time I carried gallons which means that there has been an improvement in the situation. Gradually all the problems of this country will be resolved by my President and every thing will be fine. Let us pray for President Mills and everything would be fine because he loves the people of this country and he listens to wise council. He is humble and that kind of person is always favoured by God.”

It would be very strange for anyone to complain of shortage of water in this area. Of course there are some places in this country where there has not been supply of water for many years but not Alajo and its environs. If anything at all the situation has improved from what was existing. My only worry is that many young people are not employed and this posses a lot of hardship to the community. If out of three hundred people, you have half of them in gainful employment, then the rest can rely on the employed ones for support but that is not the case. We are very happy that the water situation over here in this community and many others have improved drastically but we need jobs. Jobs which are directed towards the development of our country at the same time.”

Monday, March 21, 2011

About The Evacuation Exercise And Other Developments In Libya (2)

Governments around the world are evacuating their nationals from the Northern African country of Libya after an uprising in the country which led to a brutal assault on peaceful protesters who are calling for an end to the 42 years rule of Libyan leader, Col. Muammar Al- Qathafi. Rebellion is growing across the country and there is an attack of black African amidst suspicion of they, fighting in favour of the Gaddafi regime. This is what the people of Labone, a suburb of Accra had to say.

The situation in Libya is getting worse as the days pass by and although quite a number of Ghanaian citizens in that country have been brought home, the government must take extra measures which would see to the evacuation of the others still stranded in that country. Gaddafi is getting increasingly vicious and we must get our citizens out of that country before he holds them hostage. This situation must also send signals to the people of this country that there are no greener pastures anywhere and that is why it is important that we come together and help build our country for the betterment of all.”

I have four siblings in that country (Libya) and as of now the information reaching the family here in Ghana is that, they risk losing their lives if they come on the street because ordinary Libyan citizens can easily take them for mercenaries and that alone can lead to their death. According to the information, Gaddafi is employing thugs from other countries in Africa to come and fight for him and this has led to a lot of suspicion about whether to take the man you meet on the street for a mere migrant or indeed a mercenary of Gaddafi .As we speak a number of people have died as a result of this situation. Peace must prevail in Libya!”

I have never believed that the solution to the problem of poverty is in travelling to another man’s land because of the perception that it is all rosy over there. Of course there is lots of hardship and many people are finding it very difficult to even feed themselves because there is no money. Others do not even have decent accommodation and as human beings we would always try to go places which promises access to all of the basics of life and even more and that is natural. All over this country there are young men and women endowed with skills and talents but we have not put in place measures to tap their rich resources. However, we can all see for ourselves what is happening in those countries we call haven. Everything is gone into disarray and the workers have taken up arms. Stay in your country and ask your government to create the environment for you to also prosper.”

The task of evacuating these hundreds of Ghanaians from Libya is not a joke but the situation is getting worse and we have to do something about it. The Mills administration must quickly get into partnership with all those who can give a helping hand so that our sons and daughters are not slaughtered. Ghana has done well with similar cases of evacuation over the past years and I hope President Mills will keep that record.”

The world has not been fair to Gaddafi given the development he has brought to Libya. Many of our people went there to work and came home with lots of money and that was how they built all those beautiful houses. Gaddafi has given a lot of help to many countries in Africa and we must give him solidarity. The Americans and the Israelis are those who gave him a bad name because of the close cooperation with which he worked with them and yet they are the very ones leading the charge for his overthrow. Whatever the reason Gaddafi is refusing to step down, let’s sit down with him and talk it over because from the way things are going, we would have to compensate a forceful removal of Gaddafi from power with the blood of a million people. So if we do not want that, lets do the right things by listening to him and according him some respect.”

The leaders of the African Union must let Gaddafi Know that his time has come and he must leave. This is not a conspiracy against his regime; it is the people who have asked that they be given a chance to weave their way towards a better Libya. I am completely appalled by the way and manner in which he has treated the citizens of that country since the uprising broke up. Why, does he think he is the only one who is destined to steer the affairs of that country and if that were the case, would he ever have come to power? That man must be made to know he is misbehaving and for the massacre he has unleashed onto his people, I ask that he should be dragged out of Libya like a rabid dog.”

Before we even start talking about Gaddafi, I think we should be interested in suggesting ways of bringing down all of our citizens from that country because they are suffering. They have left behind all they have toiled for these many years and we shouldn’t make matters worse by leaving them stranded in that country. All effort must be put into the evacuation process in order that no one is left to die in that country because they are our own. Ghanaians must also learn to stay here and think about how they can contribute towards building the nation. Not long ago our citizens in South Africa suffered a similar fate and most of them have still not recovered. Come back home for the country needs you.”

The reasons the government is giving us for the slow pace at which the evacuation exercise is taking place is not satisfactory. We are treating the situation as if the Ghanaians in question have gone to play a football match and just want to come home. These are people who are being fired at with missiles and machine guns mounted on top of helicopters and we are here not certain about what exactly must be done to bring them home. This delay is unacceptable and they should not forget that it is their lack of foresight and failure in planning for a prosperous country which forced some of our brothers out of the country. Let’s give hope to our people for they have sacrificed enough for this country. Today in Ghana people get out of bed without a clue of where the morning’s porridge and bread is coming from. We need to empower our people and make them take pride in being citizens of this country.”