My mother once told me a story about an unsung hero who was neglected. His hardwork was not respected and appreciated. He was also looked down and mistreated. On his death bed none respected him till the earth silently received him into her bosom. Unfortunately, though no one noticed his hardwork, nature gave those ungrateful lot, a fair share of their bargain. Similarly, there are such ones living among us today. They by pass us each day and sadly we mete out same treatment to them. Though I have a very solitary and strong voice, it is not enough to hail these heroes.  Therefore I hail and eulogise them with my thoughts and finger. From the above statements it is I undoubtable that I’m talking about the janitor, waste bin collector or what we call in the Ghanaian parlance , “borla man”. This article will look at three of their unnoticed problems and how we can appreciate them.

BOORLA MEN face low recognition. According to the Christian holy book, the Holy Bible, it urges us to be clean. This is mainly due to the fact that if you are clean physically, spiritually,  and morally you can form a close bond with the creator of the earth, Jehovah God.
One research work advances the palpable and unnoticed truth, we hardly think of those who made our neughbourhood a paradise. Rather, we are quick to crucify the poor janitor who has made the incinerator his office.  We can ponder over there questions.
1. How does my garbage get out of my house?
2. Why haven’t I fell ill, though sometimes the waste container overflows?
3. What happens after my garbage is sent to the incinerator?
4. What happens to the one who takes care of all these needs?

Secondly, these unsung heroes are less protected. It may sound strange because the constitution enjoins all to be treated equally. Therefore looking at things through that vague scope it is definitely absurd to claim they have no protection. Unfortunately, it is the sad truth. The fact is that these workers are underpaid, they benefit less from insurance policies, they have no special  remuneration, not to talk of conditions of service that some selfish politicians and medical doctors enjoy. If they go through all these then surely they deserve more than the paltry sum of money they receive as salary and pension benefits. So as a rhetorical question, I ask who would love to be a borla man?

Another debilitating factor that go against these unsung heroes is low level of education. It is very sad to note that these so called borla men are not skilled persons with a university degree or a certificate. Hence, standing for their rights become difficult. In a research work carried in Ghana, it was realized that about 60% of graduates are not aware of basic trade and labour laws that protect them. If our graduates do not know these laws, then for a certainty these gallant men may automatically find themselves wearing the same shoes.  This they would be cheated by these so called technocrats who are going to use their high educational background to cheat them.

All in all, in order for our HEROES to have their names in recognized history books and monuments,  they must be given due recognition in award events. This will thus motivate them to give their all and keep our lieus neat and safe. Secondly, these heroes must be given the best protection policies and benefits just as are bequeathed to other health professionals. This is because of the health risk involved in their job. After all, if they enjoy good salaries and better pension benefits their attitude towards work will heighten. Furthermore, technocrats and highly educated men should desist from cheating these innocent ignorant people. By doing this they create a healthy working atmosphere for these unnoticed lots. In addition to these points enumerated, government must play it time by ensuring that these private firms who engage the services of these people have put in structures that support these men financially while active in service and on pension.



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  1. Good words. I hope we all play our various roles to hail and encourage them to do what we cannot do, best.


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