17 July 2012

Ghana: Osu Klottey River Drying Up

At the time when global warming has become a major problem to the world, Ghana, as usual, is relenting in its efforts to save our part of the world from this canker by not paying attention to save our environment from being destroyed.

We have over the years helped to destroy almost everything that nature has blessed us with, from our mineral resources to our vegetation cover, due to our actions and inactions, as well as our lack of the culture of maintenance, which had contributed to the depletion of our large forest cover and the water bodies, and lowered our social, cultural and economic standards as a nation.

Just adjacent to the seat of government, the Osu Castle, lies the Osu Klottey River, which has been serving the people of the community for centuries, and is believed to be "the husband of the Korle Lagoon", also located in Accra.

But this water body is gradually drying up, due to heavy pollution and encroachment by residents.

The Klottey River, which also produces tilapia, shrimps and other fishes to meet the nutritional needs and provides income for the people of the community, has now been turned into a choked drain, only good for breeding mosquitoes and other kinds of reptiles, due to our own actions and inactions.

Some residents along the water body have connected their septic tanks into the Klottey River to discharge their liquid waste.

The area used to be very humid and green with trees, making it a home for all kinds of birds, but is now another refugee and squatter camp in the making, or for the want of a better word a slum area.

The area has been invaded by all manner of foreign nationals and natives who have built structures close to the sea, regardless of the negative effects caused to the environment.

The area has become a hideout for drug users and peddlers who smoke in broad day-light with little regard to our laws. In recent weeks, heaps of sand have been deposited along the banks of the river, and it is obvious that it will be used to claim the wetlands for development.

It is now time for the city authorities to act fast in order to the save the river from total destruction and also to avert any catastrophe of nature.

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