By Yirenkyi Lamptey
Sometimes the acts of thoughtless people create problems in the public domain, but the actual, bigger problem becomes why those problems persist in the public domain for weeks and months, sometimes for years. And to call the creature by name, it, taflatse, speaks to our mindset, attitude, behaviour and how much we care about the country and continent we call our own, and ultimately care about ourselves, since we are the country and continent.
The following set of photographs (all taken around the TUC) show holes in the ground; holes not created by nature or even reality. And anyone familiar with what goes on in the city of Accra will not be too far from right if he or she says some of the holes did have covers, but the metal covers have be taken away by scrap-collector boys.
In the last few years, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has been very prompt at attending to covering up with metal frames drains whose covering concrete slabs have collapsed; at least in the Adabraka suburb of Accra. But the holes created in the ground, sometimes even on streets, go uncovered for weeks or months on end.
These holes in the ground are traps for pedestrians, particularly those who think, i.e., try to sort out their issues, while walking about town. Depending on where a hole in the ground is the level of danger increases when there is a power cut. One thing is for certain though: Such dangers are needless, because it is the job of specific public workers paid with the taxpayers’ money to make sure these either do not happen or are eliminated. And the dangerous and yet ironic point is this: When someone falls into it and gets hurt, blaming an improperly-functioning public service that no one holds responsible will not take away his or her hurt and wounds and will not pay the hospital bills.
(Pictures by Ti-Kelenkelen)