With the window rolled down at the backseat of a taxi-cab that I was in, I was happily enjoying the cool breeze blowing on my face as I made my way to visit my cousin who had just had a baby.
Driving along the Spintex Road on this cool Saturday afternoon there was absolutely no traffic and so I was having a smooth journey. My happy moment was rudely interrupted by the horrible, pungent smell of garbage. I opened my eyes in disgust and saw the huge garbage truck that was now in front of us, happily displaying its contents to nearby pedestrians, motorists, the cab-driver and I.
The garbage was smelly and partially covered with a thin net that could barely keep it intact. The garbage that was supposed to be conveyed to a rubbish dump or wherever it was being sent to, was now being distributed all over the Spintex Road. Ahhhh! What is this? This was just way too disgusting and unnecessary!
With no sign of the truck taking either a left or right turn, we just had to continue slowly behind it, as at this point over-taking was a no-no because of the slow traffic on the other side of the road. So my once enjoyable and clean breeze was suddenly polluted by the stench of this garbage truck and an irritating view of watching its contents being scattered on the street. How appalling!
As the garbage truck continued its snail-like pace in front of us, I asked myself whether this was garbage collection or distribution. It angered me to think that the authorities of this waste company (name with-held) actually allowed this truck to leave their premises in this state. Surely there are trucks with hoppers that could conceal and prevent this situation as it was, and is, a very unpleasant one; and perhaps if there were no such trucks there could even be a better covering alternative than this barely usable absolutely skinny net. The garbage could even have been concealed in big black disposable bin liners�at least!!
A few motorists dared to overtake this smelly truck and hurled insults at the driver and those accompanying him to the destination of the garbage. One particular motorist, obviously infuriated with this spectacle, overtook the driver of the garbage truck, drove on the centre line of the road, slowed down right by the truck-driver to hurl some insults at him then sped off past the truck.
Chaos on the road heightened as the garbage truck continued to empty its hopper of the smelly garbage especially when an extremely punctured, small, red bicycle tire fell out of the side of the hopper, causing a car from the other side to veer off the road, narrowly missing a steep gutter.
At this point, the driver of the cab pulled a dare-devil stunt and overtook the smelly garbage truck at top speed but not before he joined the group of angry drivers who also exchanged some not-so pleasantries with him before speeding off.
Well, I can�t say I blame the angry drivers for throwing insults at the driver of the truck because having heard a number of drivers yell at him for the same reason he should have known that something wasn�t right with the garbage in the truck. And the thin net that could barely hold the garbage�COME ON! What were the driver, as well as those who thought that the net was the best alternative, thinking? Let me not hesitate to add that this was not the first time that I have seen such a spectacle.
I�ve seen it so many times especially on the Accra-Mallam road (once again, the name of the waste company with-held) and it�s pathetic, knowing that foreigners have probably seen it. I mean, what�s the use of collecting garbage in one area only to scatter it in another?
So, again, I ask, was this collection of rubbish, or DISTRIBUTION?
Source: Baaba Eshun-Wilson - [email protected]
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