Ghana is progressing. Mobility is not just a catch phrase that gets bandied around in boardrooms and election agendas. Even while campaigning takes place in the wake of President John Mills’ recent passing, Ghanaians continue to press ahead.
Although, it does not often make international headlines, Ghana is growing its capacity at a healthy, holistic rate.
Take the Paralympics Team Ghana has sent over to London for the 2012 Games. It is not a sizeable team. Nor are there many recognised athletes, but even this four member team is demonstrating the mobility of Ghanaians. As a country, Ghana is a recent entry to the Games, but since 2004, they have been sending athletes to compete.
Nkegbe Botsyo, Anita Fordjour, Mumuni Alem, and Charles Teye have travelled to London. Training and financial assistance was at least partially funded by Ghana’s Right to Dream programme which works to create role models within the country, for the country.
Anita Fourdour is competing in four track and field events, including. She is classified as having a severe spinal cord injury and races from her wheelchair. Not one to be left behind, Anita races in her wheelchair. She has just claimed Ghana’s first medal in the Commonwealth Games with a Bronze in the woman’s 1500m race. She has also brought home medals for Ghana in the All Africa Games.
And, Anita may just be Ghana’s first Paralympic medallist.
While she moves quickly around the track, Ghanaians back in Accra are also developing their mobility. With roadworks and traffic concerns on the lips of many citizens, Ghana has stepped up its game with regards to easing the tensions of the public.
A couple decades ago, Lapaz, was a rural, bushy area. As the capital expanded, so too did the population of this town, situated in the Okaikoi North Sub-metro. Plans have recently been announced that this area will soon have its own interchange to ease the mobility pains of these residents.
Some traffic changes have already been effected in the capital, including some innovative installations. Solar traffic lights which make use of the natural resources without depleting them, have been installed near the Accra sports stadium, as well as East Legon, Madina and the Kawukude Junction.
Other road projects, such as the Accra-Ofankor Road, is nearing completion, while others have just leapt from the starting block. A dual carriage road from Independence Square to Tema has been approved by Parliament and construction will begin after contractors have been procured.
Through these various projects, Ghanaians are steadily adapting to the changes in their population dispersal, and focusing on issues which create opportunity for forward thinking, and faster development.
While traffic concerns and new roads do not have the same glory attached to them as Paralympic Medals, it is a sign that Ghana is developing ways to move its citizens forward. Compared to other countries on the continent, mobility is not just a catch phrase that gets bandied around in Ghana; it can be seen in the form of new roads, and the eyes of its athletes.