It’s this low level comparison that has stagnated our progress—coupled with the deceit that we are moving forward when indeed we are back-trekking.
Houston in the United States gets flooded, even Japan will get flooded if there is an earthquake followed by heavy rains. But these things will be classified as natural disasters—unexpected, and there would have been no reasonable way they could have been avoided.
However, what happened in Accra which has caused the death of over 200 innocent Ghanaians is nothing compared to the above—yearly, we get flooded and we don’t do anything about it.
In 1988, Accra flooded; it made headlines just as what happened this week is still making headlines. If Accra was flooding in 1988 and still flooding today, killing people throughout the years—and yet we’ve fail to do end it—how is that on the same pedestal as Houston flooding?
You must be drinking some dirty kool-aid mixed with sawdust to be making this sort of comparison.
Moses Asaga who is part of the incumbent government and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) had the below silly comment to throw out, in reaction to the Accra flood.
“Having floods does not mean backwardness. Last year, I was in Houston and it was raining. I was really shocked…with all their very beautiful roads. As my taxi was moving, the road was flooded,” he said.
How do you compare such low level flood to what we experience each year in Accra?
He continued, “having floods does not necessarily mean backwardness” and that “in the US, every time we hear about floods, does not mean that those states that get those floods which are disasters are backward.”
Is this the attitude we are going to use to battle the flood problem?