Inevitable

I don’t understand why I wept uncontrollably this morning. Could it be the death of a relative? Maybe. Mena is a thirteen years old and I don’t know how she may go through this period. Even though she has not lived with her mother for four years, reality will definitely set in. Absence they say makes the heart grow fonder. I will never see my mother again I believe that’s her statement.

No mother to speak to when things seems tough. There is a saying that if your tooth is rotten it is still in your mouth and you cannot ignore it. That is a mother irrespective of who she is, she gave you birth. I am weeping, sad  and heartbroken than Mena. Why? Because even at my age I’m not old…..,I don’t know how I will come to terms with the loss of my parent. But there is nothing one can do if death lay its icy hands on you. Death is inevitable. As a student rightly wrote ” I will imprison death forever” because he doesn’t want to lose his loved ones.

A thirteen years old boy was sobbing uncontrollably because he couldn’t take part in an assignment all due to lack of resources. ” Go and call your mother” that was my statement. His response: my mother is dead. I just flipped what the hell is death that its takes people and makes them vulnerable to a whole lot of challenges. I believe if his mother was alive she could have supported his husband to provide his needs. I know the world cannot contain everyone if there was no death. The unexpected nature of death hitting us is what makes us to ask a lot of questions.

No one is ever prepared for death but who is ever prepared for it? Can we ever prepare for the death of our loved ones? This is a big NO. It is one aspect of life that we cannot live without. “How I wish death could be jailed for life”. May all the departed souls especially in 2016 sleep peacefully . Rest well till we meet again.

The Ghana I desire…..

Peace is a universal language. Everyone yearns for a certain level of it at one point in life. I believe Peace should be the mantra for every human being but not to wait when it is threatened. Some Ghanaian tend to talk about issues when it is very close and the reason being, the closer, the hotter. I really don’t buy into the idea of last minute show.

Why do we have to wait as a Nation to talk about Peace only on election year? Well, some Pastors are always talking about it in their individual churches but what happens to those who don’t get the opportunity to listen to these sermons?

I believe people can relate better to situations when they have fore knowledge of it or educated prior to it.

Sorry to the “not so television” people but I was privy to watch television on Easter Sunday and surprisingly the journalists captured a lot of Pastors who were speaking on Peace. I thought to myself that is really a good way of disseminating the “Peace” message across. The question is, are these Pastors educating their members on how to be Peaceful or they are just interested in proclaiming Peace? Are they telling us the exact things? Are they just proclaiming “be peaceful” or there is an assumption that we are all can make wise decisions.

Could it be that, being captured with a camera and televised on a national television is all they are interested in? Let’s live this topic for another day’s discussion.  I guess it’s a normal thing to expect since it’s an election year.

When will we stop this unnecessary pranks and rumors that disrupt the little harmony we have in the country? Some of these rumors are very serious and it brings a lot social unrest and instability. Tribal politics disrupts Peace because we tend to marginalize other tribes, which does not foster Peace but rather brings hatred and chaos among us.

I guess the wonderful picture of Peace we all imagine is violent free elections. Which is very good, but what happens after the elections?

This is not to open healed wounds but it’s a kind reminder of June 3rd Disaster, the numerous cholera outbreaks, rampant teenage pregnancies, unemployment just to mention a few. I believe negative pictures come into memory when thoughts of these incidents pop up. Individuals’ Peace as well as the governments is disrupted.

Let’s us put aside our differences and form a united front of Peace, not just for election purposes but for the holistic development of our motherland Ghana.

As a matter of fact, elections are important and the only opportunity one has to exercise his or her franchise. As we do this let’s remember there is a bigger life after elections. After all, elections are just a day or two program depending on the outcome and life still goes on.

” Ghana’s shot at improving sanitation”.

Nana Aba

I was and still excited about the National Sanitation Day which was initiated not long ago. The first Saturday of every month,the entire citizenry of Ghana embarks on cleaning of our areas or communities across the country. It was first declared on November 1st, 2014 by the Government of Ghana in response to the 2014 Cholera Outbreak during the rainy season.

“Why do we have to wait for an outbreak of a disease before we clean our environment?”

A journey across the country will reveal that we are swallowed up by the heaps of rubbish and ironically, this mess was created by us. The quantity of rubbish that we see on our main street is an eyesore or to say the least disgusting. I believe we can help reduce this menace by avoiding the indiscriminate dumping of rubbish anywhere we deem necessary.
I believe we can all relate to this…

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” Ghana’s shot at improving sanitation”.

I was and still excited about the National Sanitation Day which was initiated not long ago. The first Saturday of every month,the entire citizenry of Ghana embarks on cleaning of our areas or communities across the country. It was first declared on November 1st, 2014 by the Government of Ghana in response to the 2014 Cholera Outbreak during the rainy season.

“Why do we have to wait for an outbreak of a disease before we clean our environment?”

A journey across the country will reveal that we are swallowed up by the heaps of rubbish and ironically, this mess was created by us. The quantity of rubbish that we see on our main street is an eyesore or to say the least disgusting. I believe we can help reduce this menace by avoiding the indiscriminate dumping of rubbish anywhere we deem necessary.
I believe we can all relate to this which is either you are a culprit or have seen someone do it:

“Imagine walking in the scorching sun for several hours, hungry and sweating profusely at the same time but the most relieving time is when you sit in the trotro. You take out GH ₵2.20p to buy water, yogurt, and “meat pie” with egg as it filling but it is called meat pie instead of egg pie anyways, enough of this pie things. The next thing that happens after eating and drinking is dropping the rubber into the trotro. It is very easy to drop rubbish into a car or through its windows. You begin to doze off then its drops from your hand kudos!
The interesting thing about this is that, the trotro conductor wants to keep his car clean to attract more passengers so he sweeps the rubbish from his car and leaves it at the lorry station where no one pays attention to it. I will leave the rest to your imagination when it rains”.

Currently, the National Sanitation Day is a voluntary clean – up exercise for all Ghanaian residents although we are told efforts are being made to give it statutory backing and to make it compulsory. The policy rationale for the institution of such a day is to create a clean environment free from diseases and to make our country clean.
Ghanaian are among the most religious people I have come across and I know that “cleanliness is next to godliness”; or its relates only to our “religious lifestyle”? Why can we claim to be religious by dressing gorgeously to the church but our surroundings are filthy?
National Sanitation Day has been effective in some communities even though some citizens refuse to take part in this program. My main concern is how we leave the garbage uncollected on the roads which easily find its way back into the gutters. If we do not find a solution to this issue our efforts will be in vain and the exercise in futility.

I commend the people who go the extra mile to collect the refuse and see to their proper disposal. National Sanitation Day has come to stay therefore we all should make an effort towards it success.
GOD BLESS OUR HOMELAND.

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