Ghana is blessed with numerous natural resources of all kinds; flora and fauna inclusive. These natural resources are mainly found in the forest belt of the African continent where trees flourish. This consequently should have led to greener cities and town in Ghana but that is not the reality.
The nature of our cities is disappointing considering the country’s geographical location. Most often, I am disappointed when I visit our major cities. Trees have been chopped down to make way for residential and commercial activities with little or nothing done to remedy the situation forgetting that, “if the last tree dies, the last man goes with it.” It is a common sight in Ghana’s major cities, to behold streak of buildings with only a few trees scattered here and there.
October 31, 2017 is World Cities Day; a day set out to examine urbanization as a phenomenon and iron out its successes and challenges. I happen to live in a large urban center- Accra. Accra is the capital city of Ghana, and it’s not surprisingly the most densely populated city in the country.
Photo : UN
The last census in 2010 puts the city’s population at 2,076,546. If you think that’s high then you may be surprised at another statistic- if the annual the growth rate of 2.2% is anything to go by we may be hovering at little over 5,000,000 people right now! The question we must ponder over is whether the city has evolved to accommodate this bulge in numbers.
Following the deadly gas blasts at the Madina-Atomic junction last Saturday in Accra, waste management champions, Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL), yesterday began an exercise to keep the scene of the incident clean.
About twenty-five (25) Zoomlion workers, comprising mainly sweepers, were at the scene of the gas explosion, sweeping the area and its environs.
Fishermen at the James Town beach in Accra are lamenting over the declining fish stock in Ghana’s territorial waters due to illegal fishing methods as well as the changing weather pattern.
The assertion follows a recent report of a sharp drop in the fish stock along Ghana’s coast line, threatening the growth of the fisheries sub-sector.
The Ministry of Tourism last month took to a roadshow to mark the World Tourism Day, a global event aimed at fostering awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.
The event held anually on September 27 also sought to address global challenges outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to highlight the contribution the tourism industry can make in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has once again chalked another milestone in its resolve to rapidly reclaim Kumasi’s past ‘Garden City’ status.
Through the visionary leadership of the KMA Chief Executive, Osei Assibey Antwi, 150 sanitation crusaders have been trained to complement the efforts of the KMA Sanitation Department to help make Kumasi clean.
Government has been asked to remove Atewa Forest Reserve from the list of places targeted for bauxite mining to ensure that Ghanaians consume uncontaminated food and water.
The Coalition of Students in Conservation (COSIC), which made the call, said the Atewa forest is one of the important water sources in the country, providing over 5 million people in Greater Accra Region, Eastern Region and some parts of the Central Region with drinking water.
There was time,
When precious minerals laid abundant on, in and on the banks of rivers and streams whenever it rained;
the wealth was everywhere, not that we did not see it and profit from it.
Then a time came, when the value of this precious wealth was “discovered” by visitors and it’s value shot up exponentially (the rest is History).
What do we see now when it rains?
A new form of wealth, shrouded in Illusion;
Floating in a not, if not all our gutters (a lot of which used to be rivers and screams when they were younger and “less civilized by inhabitants).
Like in the past, we did not see the full value of this wealth.
Are we awaiting for visitors once more to use this wealth floating in out gutters whenever it rains?
Are we going to sit there and leave this wealth to continue washing away into the sea (helping cause floods on it’s “glorious journey of waste”.
Are we waiting for foreigners to come and tell us it’s value before we see its value?
….The wealth, tagged as waste, washed away, helping flood our lives, all because we do not value it.
proper waste management.
Source: GreenGhanaian Initiative / Albert Masoperh
Agriculture can power the economic transformation of African countries, according to a new report from the Ghana-based African Centre Economic Transformation (ACET), founded by former Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, K.Y. Amoako.
The 2017 report, Agriculture Powering Africa’s Economic Transformation, has been backed by Kofi Annan and some African finance ministers.
Mr Ebenezer Azidoku, the Afram Plains North District Agriculture Director has called on government to provide storage facilities for farmers who would benefit from government’s ‘planting for food and jobs’ programme.
Making the call through the Ghana News Agency (GNA), he said the provision of those storage facilities such as the Improved Narrow Ventilated Crib, silos and grain dryers would enable farmers to produce on a large scale and improve their standard of living