Even if it is the Tourists Boards, and assuming the hands of our traditional rulers were tied in giving out those lands for tourism purposes, it is still the traditional rulers who sign out the lands and make monies from it.
From Tema New Town through Teshie and Nugua to Osu up to Chorkor, the condition of beaches are simply uncivilized. I was amazed a few months ago, when TV3 reported on the condition of the Chorkor Fishing Beach. It was not only embarrassing, but nauseating as fish mingled with shit. Children squatting and doing their own thing and parcels of shit being dumped onto the Chorkor beach, which was already littered with refuse, bounced off the screens with a certain annoyance that would make any sensible human being shudder.
Yet, Chorkor has a Chief or traditional elders as well as traditional priest who is a fisherman in charge of the area. When you have such situations, you wonder the headache that would afflict any Assemblyman or parliamentarian or District assembly. And we ask… “Why is it that when it comes to selling or leasing out lands around these areas, the privileges rest on our traditional rulers but that when it comes to taking the responsibilities of maintenance, it is the Assemblyman, Zoomlion or MP and Government?” We have to grow up and be more proactive about our beaches.
I understand that the La Beach, for example, is managed by the Ghana Tourist Board and the La Youth Association. Fine! That means the responsibility of maintaining a tidy environment rests on the two organizations right from the Kpeshie Lagoon to the border with Osu. If you think am saying the two should pay for refuse collection fees along the stretch, you are dead wrong.
All I’m saying is that the responsibility for preventive maintenance or monitoring the stretch should fall on the two because of the economic interests and rewards that accrue to them…simple; And am equally saying that that responsibility should be carried out together with the traditional institutions…That is how communities develop – without much expenditure saddling it, so that monies can be saved to fund other basic projects.
But back to Tema New Town and Chorkor; and Teshie and La…Fishermen and their relatives in indigenous fishing communities in Ga, probably because they see fish in the sea eat anything soluble except the plastic wastes that sachet water and packaging companies churn out, do not seem to see any evil in shit – not even in terms of the epidemics that they have seen it cause in terms of cholera outbreaks. You have to be at the Tema New Town and the mentioned communities to have a feel of what am describing. Bravo Kpone. We can say something good for them! In spite of the wrecks along their beaches which keeps killing their sons and daughters…
Perhaps, we have to get TV3 to recap the Chorkor shit story on their screens for our senior citizens, youth and traditional rulers to learn a thing or two from. Are our young men in Teshie, Chorkor and La getting so obsessed with dog meat that they do not relish any good thing including a tidy environment along the beaches where they so ever often relax, sometimes on hashish?
And then to Teshie…From the Acapulco-Staff College stretch to the Sango Lagoon or the Teshie Fishing Harbour, the sight of big assed women and long-dick men competing for space on the stones along the beach to ease themselves needs recording to enable one appreciate the level of insanity among some of our people. It is as if people do not regard their precious possessions – so they can showcase it anywhere.
To me, it is no different from our current culture in which anytime you sat in a tro-tro, you have to close your eyes so that you do not see the ass of some useless girl pointed at you from their smelly jeans trousers or leggies. Any development consultant will tell you the most precious asset of indigenous Gas today is their beaches. Unfortunately, we do not even know how to harness its potentials fully to create revenue and jobs for our youth for ever and ever. Sad. I believe, however, that it is not too late for a people determined to forge ahead in coming back to themselves to reorder their investment priorities selflessly – starting with the maintenance of our beaches – with our traditional rulers initiating a crusade to save that environment.