Home News, Business Opportunities and Some Ideas for Our Leaders

What is our reaction each time we hear of home news? With the help of WhatsApp and the internet, we can get news on a very current basis. Often, our first reaction is to talk of the deplorable state of affairs in our country. However, if we look at things from a closer viewpoint, we could see many business opportunities staring us in the face.

People who have helped bring a difference to the world, looked for problems and sought to provide solutions. They made money in the process. The following article is to everyone who has the best interest of Ghana at heart, including those in government. Imbedded in this article are some ideas that can be implemented on a national scale. Unless people are educated in certain areas we tend to destroy the very thing that provides life for us.

Many of us ‘diasporans’ have had the first hand opportunity of working in areas that have much less challenges than our nation is currently facing and have learnt some things that could be applied back home if we do proper feasibility studies. These areas could be wide and varied. One thing we should keep in mind is to have a spirit of optimism and know that because others have been able to solve the same problems, we can too with diligence, hard work and with the help of God. It would take some organization and innovative ideas and perhaps some business capital.

Got an idea? Time to shine it!!!!!

There is a lot of potential in Ghana, and the journey of positive change always begins with a first step. The problem with us is that we sometimes wish to get to the top too quickly, however if we start with little things and manage our resources wisely we will not only improve as individuals but also as a nation.

Are you ready to shine?
The following are some areas which could do with some change in our country and which could be initiated by individuals or a group. It would be a great way of giving back to our nation. If you are business oriented, you could give it a try. Remember ‘Rome was not built in a day’. It will take time, commitment, investment and wisdom.

Problems

Food Wastage

Food Wastage

It is quite sad to see food wasted from source in places like our country where some people go without enough food. Farmers have their harvest wasted because of lack of proper storage facilities or lack of adequate means of transportation or distribution. Poor weather and lack of irrigation affect the output of harvest. We tend to waste more money when we resort to import food to feed the populace. Moreover, with the spate of fake food on the international market, it is better that we take good care of what we have as a nation and think of ways to improve and minimize harvest and post-harvest losses.

Improper use of Plastic

Improper use of Plastic

With the awareness of environmental protection and the hazards associated with the use of certain materials like plastic on our health, it is important that we stop using plastic in an abusive manner. It is toxic and dangerous. It pollutes not only our environment, but it eventually affects animal and plant life. We destroy productivity on every level when we use plastics for everything. We use it for ‘pure water’, for take – a- ways’ and even for bottling palm oil. When heated plastics release toxins that are very dangerous to our health and the heat in our country easily heats up plastic. Ironically, we burn them in order to dispose of them, thus releasing more and more toxins in the atmosphere and we kill ourselves slowly in the process. They are not biodegradable and when left in the natural, create sanitary problems on the land, in the air and in the water, killing life in the process. We need to sit up!

Deplorable Sanitary Conditions

Deplorable Sanitary Conditions

When it comes to sanitary conditions, all of us have a role to play, although it is easy to begin to point fingers at others. If everyone should throw a piece of paper here and there thinking it is nothing, our country would just be a big thrash bin! Environmental awareness and cleanliness should start from our individual perspectives. There are some things that should not be done or allowed in our society. But when they happen what can we do? It is sad to talk of our beaches where sand winning is destroying our shores. To make matters worse some of these beaches that could serve as tourist attractions to attract more revenue for the nation, has become a toilet for some. What a shame!

Electricity Shortage

Electricity Shortage

Although there is a great improvement as far as the ‘dumsor’ situation is concerned, it would be in order if we take advantage of our solar energy not only to reduce costs of generating power but also to ensure increase in its output and reach to certain communities that still live in darkness.

Dumping Ground

Dumping Ground

Most of Africa has become a dumping ground for old computers and fridges which all contain pollutants like mercury and lead. Unfortunately we have been short-changed in our own country and the long-term effects are an unhealthy society.

Water Shortage

Water Shortage

Water is symbolic of life and when we lack a continuous flow of healthy sources of water, our lives are affected negatively in a general way. Some people have drunk contaminated water for lack of any other water and have had their lives threatened.

Lack of Recycling

Lack of Recycling

When we fail to recycle we encourage a culture of waste which affects the general economy in the long run. Filling landfills with non-biodegradable material is not a wise thing. It just takes up land and pollutes our waters. With a bit of creativity, we can recycle these things, and in the process create employment opportunities.

Transportation Congestion

Transportation Congestion

Transportation congestion is created when there is an increase in vehicles and causes a slow passage on the road causing fatigue and delays. It is sometimes be a serious hinderance especially in emergency situations.

Lack of Employment

Lack of Employment

Lack of employment is mainly due to lack of ideas and perhaps lack of capital due to the high cost of living. However, if the government should be actively involved in this area, things would be much better on a general scale. Many travel abroad in order to do menial jobs for a living. Others travel to Ghana to create jobs for a living. It all depends on the perspective that we have. If we are encouraged to have entrepreneurship mentalities, and if our efforts are not frowned upon by the society at large, each Ghanaian could be encouraged to put their hands to work rather than seek to be employed. In Europe, no job is termed as menial as long as it is legal. It is possible to have multiple streams of income in order to live comfortably.

Security and Law & Order

Security and Law & Order

To be known as a people of law and integrity; a peaceful nation, we have to start from somewhere. We do not have to take things for granted, because the world is becoming more and more corrupt. Unfortunately, Africa as a whole has a bad reputation as far as law and order are concerned. If we cannot enforce the laws that we make, then security issues may arise making hardened criminals bold.

Medical Services

Medical Services

Although this is not limited to developing nations, the rate at which people die because of minor issues that could have been averted, is more common in our nations. We have trained nurses and doctors that are very competent but sometimes the hindering factor is the lack of adequate equipment and emergency facilities. Access to health care should be a priority in emergency situations and no individual should be turned away when they get to a hospital because there is no space or at that instance they can’t treat that particular case. At least provide preliminary health care. Airlift the one to a better facility if possible and don’t let taxis replace ambulance services.

Possible $olutions

Food Wastage

  • Improve storage methods by providing facilities where seeds as well as harvests can be stored- silos, coldrooms…
  • Encourage home grown food where agriculture even on a small scale basis is a priority. This will be a healthier and cheaper option than imported food.
  • Provide adequate transportation carriers that will preserve the freshness of harvests and reduce waste. This could range from refrigerated trucks to simple packing crates.
  • Preserve food by freezing at source and selling it frozen. It can be cooked or fresh but freezing gives it a longer shelf date.
  • Provide commercial irrigation supplies.

Improper use of Plastic

  • You can provide reusable cloth bags at a reasonable price that will not only be environmental friendly but could also be used for publicity purposes.
  • Start an environmental campaign of the dangers of plastic in your area and in your business.
  • If you have to use plastics, opt for recyclable plastics that can be used again and again.
  • Create beautiful paper boxes or paper bags for take-a ways instead plastic boxes.
  • Instead of putting tea, koko and other hot liquids in plastic bags, you can provide bamboo bowls, our traditional calabashes etc.
  • Most recycled plastic can be used to make things. You can make materials such as benches, bins and playground equipment by recycling plastics. Someone has used old car tyres to create garden furniture.
  • Palm-oil and other edible oils that solidify could be put in durable glass bottles or jars. This will make it more attractive even for export.
  • For a traditional touch, instead of plastics for some take-a-ways we can improve on serving in banana leaves. If the leaves are cleaned properly, this is a very healthy way of serving food.

Deplorable Sanitary Conditions

  • Create a cleaning company. Follow the necessary procedure – register your company, insure it, hire and train staff. Make sure that you have the necessary equipment for the type of cleaning company you wish to open. Propose your services…
  • Communities can be encouraged to ‘adopt’ a beach. Clean it, make it attractive and it can become a tourist spot that will attract income.
  • Communal toilets should be improved upon. Can be a source of income for those who work there. In Europe people often have to pay to use the toilets at the train stations or other public spots.
  • Laws against littering should be set in motion and enforced strictly. We can learn from Singapore. If we are laxist or liberal in our approach to things we will reap mediocrity.
  • Educate our people! We need to learn to respect the environment we live in. Maintenance and resourcefulness have a role to play. We have to clear the wrong impression that the world has of
    Africans: we should not be labeled as dirty or lazy.

Electricity Shortage

  • Take advantage of solar energy and invest in this sector.
  • Conserve energy where necessary. Educate, educate, educate!
  • Invest in other renewable energy areas like wind, biofuel…
  • We can safe on gas and electricity by using charcoal or firewood in cooking sometimes.

Dumping Ground

  • We can refuse to be a dumping ground for other people’s toxic waste.
  • Dispose of toxic industrial material in a more controlled and safe environment rather than putting young lives at risk where they try to salvage things from refuse dumps.
  • Create recycling bins where paper, plastics and metal from small household electricals can be placed. This could be on a communal basis where these are placed at the disposal of each community.

Water Shortage

  • Drill wells in communities and ensure  their maintenance.
  • Teach drip irrigation for small farms using stored rain water.
  • Protect ground water from contamination by stopping habits like open defecation and illegal mining which are a threat to the sanity of our water sources.
  • Develop the dry toilet system on a healthier and safer scale.

Lack of Recycling

  • This is an area that could help boost the economy at both personal and governmental levels. Get a factory space that is a bit out of town because of the nature of the business, find specialized trucks, locate your niche, register your company, hire and train staff and be sure to comply with the rules and regulations set in place for businesses of this nature. Do your homework and make sure everything is set in order before proposing your services.
  • Provide recycling bins for companies, homes, schools etc. This will help educate the populace.
  • If the government would partner with individual companies and encourage them by reducing the import duties on certain equipment, this will be helpful in many aspects.

Transportation Congestion

  • Create exclusive lanes for public transport, ambulances…
  • Encourage alternate means of transportation.
  • Control and regulate the private commercial vehicles sector.

Lack of Employment

  • Encourage vocational training by creating centres that train people.
  • Diversify the Ghana educational teaching methods to include more practical based jobs that can give graduates more independence once out
    of school.
  • Encourage entrepreneurship by making the sector attractive to young entrepreneurs.
  • Give incentives to areas where you wish to see a positive change like food production and manufacturing.
  • Shun get rich quick schemes and honour and respect hard work even if menial over fraudulent and criminal practices.

Security and Law & Order

  •  Improve security entrances in and around banks mobile money spots and forex bureaus.
  • Take registration of SIM cards to a more serious level. Be more thorough.
  • The public should not encourage extortion from police officers. Know your rights.
  • Invest in home-guard security systems. These include security alarms, doors etc.
  • You can provide and sell personal alarm kits.
  • Create a security company.

Medical Services

  • More ambulance services are needed, including helicopters.
  • Emergency care provision is a basic necessity in every hospital.
  • First aid training should be accessible to anyone from a very young age. That is they would know what to do in the face of certain medical emergencies.
  • More hospitals with adequate health services and facilities are welcome.

If you have any other ideas, why not suggest them to GIF? Together we can build!

S.K.

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