Needless to say Ghana has extensive environmental issues. Of course there’s plastic waste, flooding and the death of most lagoon sin Accra. There’s sea level rise and other effects of climate change that have caused village homes to literally disappear under water. Due to over-logging our forests continue to diminish hastening the effects of climate change. Illegal miners destroy our lands and poison the waters of innocent Ghanaians. And the list goes on…
Let me not be partial, one positive sign of change due to President Mahama is the appearance of a few recycling plants in Accra and Tema. With the threat of being banned, plastic producers made an effort to save their livelihoods with these plants. But how has this resulted in behavioral change and concrete permanent changes? If John Mahama is really a president for the environment then there should be much more seen in our lives as Ghanaians.
The MOLE Conference XXIII hosted by the Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) took place in Tamale last month. It was the largest gathering of key players in the water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector who have been working on progressing WASH issues for years despite government complacency. They have drafted a document of recommendations for government (you can read here) which Pres. Mahama is aware of. I recommend that he takes it seriously.
If within these final months Mr. Mahama can show some real guts towards Ghana’s environment then MAYBE he could be worth considering in the upcoming elections in December. Otherwise spare us all the political tricks and enjoy your time in the Castle.