The vexing challenge that hinders tourism in Kumasi, the second capital of Ghana, is the issue of filth. Whenever it rains, the true identity of Kumasi is revealed, as garbage clogs the gutters in most of the central business areas.
A recent exploration by the Ashantibiz news team, witnessed an alarming combination of uncontrolled health hazards and filth. Areas like as Sawaba, Aboabo, Tafo, and Bantama are tarnishing the city’s reputation, which was once hailed by the late Queen Elizabeth as the “Garden City of Africa.”
The political dimension has taken centre stage on the airwaves, making it crucial for city authorities to recognise the urgency of raising public awareness about this menace. It is evident that the city’s once glorious beauty is gradually fading away.
Daily, questions arise regarding how Kumasi reached its current state. While these inquiries remain unanswered, some suggest reconsidering custodial sentences for minor offenders, who could contribute to the city’s cleanup efforts while serving their sentences.
In order to address this pressing issue, it is imperative for city authorities to take immediate action. A comprehensive and well-coordinated campaign should be launched to educate the public about the importance of cleanliness and waste management. Additionally, stricter enforcement of existing regulations and the implementation of innovative solutions, such as recycling programmes, can help restore Kumasi’s former splendour.
By prioritising cleanliness and instilling a sense of civic responsibility among its residents, Kumasi can reclaim its position as a thriving tourist destination. It is time for the city to rise above the challenges it faces and showcase its true potential as a remarkable and attractive location in Africa.