GHANA AT SOMETHING-SOMETHING - PART 2
1) Reduce the destruction of our forests for firewood and charcoal.
2) Make it easier for ordinary Ghanaians to buy and use gas in the kitchen.
3) Make the man on the street feel the benefit of the oil and gas exploitation.Here’s what the “government” of the time didn’t factor in their equations. That no matter how well you plan to improve the living standards of all the people, there will be that “super smart” “Mensah” who will try to exploit it. With the price of gas going down, a lot of taxi drivers took advantage of the situation by changing their petrol engines to run on gas (very smart, huh?). Now, as time went on, the pressure on the “system” became too much and the prices hiked to an extent that it was even higher than that of petrol. Here’s where the supposedly smart ones decided to reconvert to the petrol engine…the catch? Petrol engine can be converted to gas but not the other way round. So our smart citizens were in a limbo – to keep using the expensive gas or buy a new petrol engine (and yes…life has always been that fair). By now the damage had already been done, the gas became too expensive, Ghanaians run back to the good ol’ charcoal and the “government” plan fell through. If you follow this story closely to today, you’ll see how it has played a big part in our current “challenges”. At this point a bird flew by, looked at me and was like, “hey, so you’ve identified a cause, the effect, what next?” A solution?!
* Dr. Edmund Delle is a survivor of three accidents in 1995 and 2000. Watch Out for Part 3 of this Series
Written by :Wogbe-Dogoe Robert Dzidedi Kwaku (Bsc. Chemistry Student, KNUST)