Ghana is a very lively place to live and, like in every country, we are known for some peculiar attitudes.
The first thing that comes to mind when Ghana is mentioned is hospitality or accommodating.
However, there is no denying that there are some other ‘bad’ attitudes that are synonymous with Ghanaians.
As we enter 2019, some of these attitudes will need to be dropped if the country is to develop to the level we all want.
Here are eight attitudes Ghanaians must leave behind in 2018:
1. Open defecation
One of the biggest challenges facing Ghana at the moment is sanitation, and it is very hard to believe that in this day and age, people still engage in open defecation.
This is normally common in the coastal areas, however, if we are to move forward then such attitudes need to be dropped.
Ghanaians involved in such attitudes must make sure they do not take them into the new year. A new leaf must be turned in 2019.
Another major challenge in Ghana currently in littering. Many communities in Accra remain littered with rubbish and dirt.
In the end, it is the same citizens that suffer when there is an outbreak of diseases in the country.
There is, therefore, the need to put an end to our littering attitudes as we enter into 2019.
Going forward, it will be better to place dustbins at vantage points to help this cause.
3. Drivers failing to stop for pedestrians
Ghana is a country that has a lot of hospitable people, however, the same cannot be said when it comes to driver-pedestrian relationships.
It is very rare to see a driver pulling the brakes to allow pedestrians cross a road.
On highways where there are no traffic lights, pedestrians could sometimes wait forever as drivers pass by without acknowledging them.
It costs nothing to stop and allow that school boy or old woman cross the road. So, let’s put a stop to this attitude as we approach the new year.
4. Pedestrians failing to use footbridges
Recently, the number of deaths recorded on the Madina-Adentan highway shocked the entire nation, and one of the main causes was the lack of footbridges.
But following wild protests from residents, the government has taken steps to fix the footbridges on the road.
Now, the onus lies with every law-abiding citizen to make sure that we use the various footbridges.
Every Ghanaian must stop the habit of ignoring the footbridges and risking their own lives to cross busy roads.
5. Social media trolling
Trolls have become a part of Ghanaians in recent years, as a result of the far-reaching impact of social media.
However, it is time we realise that people have feelings and can be hurt by seemingly offensive posts.
Therefore, there is the need for us to check the trolls. Perhaps, in 2019, Ghanaians must limit social media trolling and rather focus on promoting more relevant things.
6. Social corruption
One other big challenge facing the country currently in corruption. This is a canker that permeates almost every sector.
Today, corruption is not only synonymous with politicians but also schools, churches and mosques.
Such attitudes serve as a hindrance to national development, therefore, we must leave them behind in 2018.
7. Noise Pollution
This may sound controversial but noise pollution is very prevalent in many Ghanaian societies.
While many will readily point to barber shops and food joints as the biggest culprits, the churches and mosques are no different.
People need peace of mind to go about their businesses but how can they do that with so much noise going on?
Noise pollution is an attitude that must be flashed out before we enter into the year 2019.
8. Pull Him Down Syndrome
The popular Pull Him Down (PhD) syndrome is a term coined to describe people who do not want others to progress.
Like it or not, such people can be found in every country, and Ghana is not different. But what we can do differently is to ensure that we eschew such attitudes.
The only way we can excel as a country is to support each other. Therefore, Ghanaians must drop that PhD attitude in 2018.
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