The renovation of Kwame Nkrumah Circle into its new state is a great effort by government which must widely be applauded. The interchange and edifice will serve the people smooth transportation of goods in and across the country. It is also a delight to move around and see that the whole place is tidy and without filth.
My perception seem to be changing about the beauty of this place and I am beginning to think otherwise of its environment. What if I were a tourist from another country? Would my perception change after having to see such an eyesore?
Bad! Scenes from the interchange
When will some Ghanaians learn to be a little more hygenic and have good sanitation in mind? People still walk around and litter despite the wastebins available. Other people who work (the traders and hawkers to be specific) around have chosen the to dispose off huge amount of waste that they make in a day in the wastebin which is too small to contain that quantity which is been deposited into it.
I realised there were people who sweep and clean around from time to time. The question is: How do they dispose off the content of the wastebins since they are made of concrete? Mind you, these cleaners are mostly frail old women. A trader confessed that they dip their hands (which are obviously in gloves) into the pot to retrieve some of the trash which are way below the bin. This, I think is not a great experience for these workers and some may give up doing such a work.
Nature of waste bins
I believe that alot more can be done about the nature of the wastebins. They look too heavy, too small to contain alot of waste, and too deep for waste to be removed from it. How long will workers have to dip their hands into this to dispose off the trash in them? It could be made of a more lighter material or replaced with normal trash cans to make the work of cleaners easier, while traders should be keenly monitored not to dispose large quantities of rubbish into the bin.
The concrete wastebin
Current work by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly at the place is applaudable. However, there is more work to be done. I therefore use this medium to entreat all bodies and stakeholders responsible for monitoring sanitation and order at the place to put in more work. Although it seems difficult to kick out traders from the place, measures should be put in place to check their activities. It is important that we abide by the SDGs goal 6 in order to maintain Clean Water and Sanitation in the country.