From: James Sherifdeen, Kumasi
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, has once again warned people who ply their trade at Suame round about and Adum overhead foot bridge to move away from there, since those places are not markets.
According to him, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) and the Regional coordinating Council (RCC) are going to do what can help Kumasi regain its past glory as the Garden City of West Africa and nobody can stop them.
He gave this warning at the pre-launched of the “Keep Kumasi Clean and Green (KCCG) project in Kumasi last Tuesday which also coincided with the World Environment Day.
He noted that, as the KMA was doing its best to keep Kumasi clean, it is also incumbent on the general public to also keep the city clean, to avoid diseases like Cholera, malaria and others.
The Minister appealed to churches, business communities and mosques to use some few minutes to educate their members on how to keep the city clean, while the Media which is their partners, has been appealed to, to use its mediums to educate the general public to keep Kumasi clean.
The Chairman of the KKCG Implementation Committee, Rt. Rev. Prof. Osei Safo Kantanka said, we in Africa can’t be the most religious people filling our churches and mosques everyday and praying for long hours and yet live under most insanity conditions, thus deepening our poverty and therefore called on our religious and traditional authorities to take this very seriously.
Mr Osei Assibey Antwi, the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Kumasi disclosed that, the core objective of the project is to rid the city of filth and advocate for attitudinal change in our waste management practices as well as encourage people to grow more trees.
He said, to enhance the litter control bit of this project, waste bins are being installed along the principal streets and public spaces of Kumasi.
The Mayor revealed that, the project has been broken down into various components for easy implementation such as provision and implementation of waste bins along the principal streets, central business districts and public places in the Metropolis, public advocacy on the need for attitudinal change towards proper disposal of waste and the planting of trees.
He expressed his profound gratitude to many collaborators and donors like Shiloh United Church for its cash donation towards the provision of bins, Fidelity Bank Gh Limited for some T-shirts and bins, VIP Transport Ltd who donated a compactor truck and some tricycles, Zoomlion for providing a truck and some waste bins, Steaman Waste Management for donating some souvenirs, National Investment Bank who is financing the beautification of Kumasi, KNUST who is doing the installation of the waste bins, Coconut Producers and Exporters Association for donating some seedlings and Forest Research Institution (FORIG) for nursing the seedlings.
He, therefore urged other corporate bodies to emulate this fine example by joining the bond was on to keep Kumasi clean and surely their investments and business will be safer and secure in a more environmentally resilient city.
Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi, Mayor of Kumasi