Touring the suburbs of Accra, I have come across many old and unused ponds and wells. Which are a threat to the life of humans and wild lives.
As a tourist and a traveller, I enjoy visiting rural areas for my discoveries and findings. I enjoy farming as well. I visit at least two farms before returning to the city. Recently, I have noticed that old ponds and wells meant for watering farms are kept open and abandoned in the farms. This is a serious threat to the lives of those who are ignorant about it. It could be a death trap for people on an adventure or even hunters or new farmers.
I spoke to an old farmer for an explanation. According to Mr Tettey, the ponds were used for farming some years ago. The farmers were not the owners of the land but leased it. The owners of the land sold it for people who wanted to put up permanent structures. People who bought the land started developing it immediately so the farmers could not return. This has been the reason why there are all these old ponds here. He spoke to the new owners about it but they pay less attention to it.
He further explained that some of the ponds were dug to store water for construction purposes. The next move is to make the district assemblies aware. Some of these ponds are covered with grass which makes them very dangerous.
He also told me that one of these ponds nearly killed his brother’s son who is now into music. His son travelled to spend the holidays with him and fell in one of the deep ponds on their old farm. But lucky enough, they found him after a long search. What saved him was that there was little water in it.
Most of these ponds breed mosquitoes and harbour some deadly animals. Many settlers complained bitterly about it and the DCEs have to pay attention to that. They suggest that the districts and municipals should help them solve this issue.