Water Is Life 2

Image Imagine  the earth without water, all living things would just die and that would be the end of humankind. But are we doing our very best to protect our water sources? We keep on repeating the mantra “water is life” and we look on unconcerned whiles our sources of drinking water are polluted by illegal miners, people in our communities through the dumping of waste material and dangerous and hazardous chemicals. We are the same people who will be calling for help the moment our taps stop flowing and we do not get water to do our many household chores. Imagine you not taking your bath for a whole day because there is no water, you can not wash your dirty clothes, no water for cooking and what even baffles me is that whiles we need water urgently, treated water is always used for flushing the water closet. The worst of it all is that thirst  can kill more quickly than hunger. One can go without food for a long time, but can not survive without water for a short time. Your whole body smells when you do not take your bath for the whole day, and not to talk about you not getting water to brush your teeth. Water is indeed life and this precious gift has been given to humankind, but it seems we are not being grateful by polluting our water sources, and cutting down the trees along the banks of our rivers.  I had to write this post due to the current water shortage in my city, Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana for the past three weeks and it seems the situation keeps on getting worse. The rains are not falling and all the taps have stopped flowing. We fear a cholera epidemic might break out due to certain insanitary conditions that may come up as a result of the water shortage. We need water to survive. Do not be surprised when you see me carrying water on my head. Let us do our very best to conserve our water sources because when the last drop of water finishes humankind will cease to exist.

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It Is An “Animal Farm” World In Ghana.

Image I did not want to wade into the current situation in our dear country, but for sometime now sadness has engulfed my heart and it seems i can’t be mute and look on while our leaders and politicians rob our nation in the name of democracy, hence my decision to write this piece. As i write this article, i feel we have totally lost it as a nation since those we elected to our legislature and the government seems to be very insensitive to the plight of the masses.Do we understand democracy at all? Why should democracy be used as a tool by our politicians to empty the nation’s coffers? Since the beginning of this year, several groups of government workers and unions have threatened to lay down their tools, and some have actually carried out their threats. Mention could be made of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Tertiary Education Workers Union (TEWU), University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), in fact the list is endless. It seems whenever a group threatens to embark on a strike action, that’s the moment you hear of the Labour Commission and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission. So what are they being paid for? Why wait for the situation to get out of hand before you try to find a solution to it? In my opinion, these two institutions mandated to look into the emoluments of workers are not working, but rather sleeping on the job. Now back to the substantive issue of Ghana now being turned into an “Animal Farm”. I am still baffled as to why workers go on strike over unpaid allowances and salaries, then the government comes out to tell them that there is no money in the state coffers, but the government is able to pay the exgratia of parliamentarians. It seems we have two classes of human beings in Ghana currently, and the “Animal Farm” method is being applied here. Four legs good, two legs bad. So ti means that some groups of people are more important than others. With this mentality, do you think workers would have sympathy for the government? My answer is a big NO. Why the special dispensation for the so called “Article 71” office holders which includes parliamentarians, the Speaker of Parliament, the Chief Justice, President, Vice President etc etc? Now every educated young man or woman is being tagged as a thief by our folks from the rural areas, because the rural folks toil for the economic sustenance of the country, but end up not benefiting. Why do you build a “Cocoa Clinic” in Accra which is not a cocoa producing area, whilst the cocoa growing areas lack even a basic health center? In my opinion, we have lost it as a nation and until we get a leader who would be sensitive to the plight of the masses who don’t have access to health, water, electricity, education, good roads etc, we would continue to live in this “Animal Farm” world.

Water Is Life

ImageHumankind has been given so many free things by the Almighty God. Some of these things are the air we breath, the sun, the plants and animals and many more. But it seems we have been ungrateful to the Creator for all these free things that He gave us. Who can mention any good replacement for water? I will give that person a handsome prize if i deem that thing equally suitable to replace water. Water is so precious to humankind, but this precious resource is being wasted and destroyed by humankind with the highest form of impunity. Why should we allow our water bodies to be polluted by the factories and industries without any measures taken against them? The wanton destruction of our rivers and other water bodies by the illegal miners in the country is a serious issue, and it seems the authorities are just waiting for some disaster of a gargantuan magnitude to strike before action is taken. These illegal miners divert the courses of the rivers, pollute them with poisonous chemicals and the pits they leave behind serve as death traps for the innocent children who die through no fault of theirs, as a result of someone’s negligence. All these activities go a long way to make water very scarce. Research has shown that one can go without food for some number of days and no major health complication will arise, but without water one is bound to face serious health complications or even death. Water makes up about 70% of the human body, so just imagine yourself not drinking water for a whole day. It saddens my heart whenever i see people wasting water, because some people are in dire need of the precious resource. They can be found in most of the rural areas where they do not get access to good drinking water. They share their water source with animals such as cattle, sheep and goats. It is the same water source that they use for washing their household items. Water is precious, so the next time you think of wasting some water, remember the rural folks who find it difficult to get access to good drinking water. But hey, if i may ask what happens when our water resources dry up and we dont get water to drink? Your guess is as good as mine. Lets all come together to protect and preserve this precious gift given to us for free by the Almighty God, because when He decides to demand payment for His gifts we will not be able to pay. Truly, Water is Life.