Kumasi Mayor calls for support to keep metropolis clean

Source: KMA PRO  |  Date Published: Tue May 30 05:58:17 UTC 2017

  • Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi addressing the Professional Musical Spinners Association of Ghana.Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi addressing the Professional Musical Spinners Association of Ghana.
Mr. Osei AssibeyAntwi, Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), has courted residents of the metropolis to strive to be supportive of efforts to restore Kumasi to its status as the Garden City of West Africa.
He said it behooves them to be law-abiding, discipline and also assist the city authorities by keeping their environment clean.
Mr. Assibey Antwi, who was interacting with various stakeholders at the Centre for National Culture (CNC), Kumasi, to brief them of his vision to wage war on filth, disclosed that a programme to help sustain the scenic beauty of the metropolis would soon be launched.
The programme dubbed “Operation Keep the City Clean (KCC)”, and being spearheaded by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), would be launched soon, to deal with the deteriorating sanitation situation.
The MCE indicated that all stakeholders, including traditional authorities, business groups, the security agencies, amongst others, would be brought on board for the successful realization of the project.
Kumasi, a city of about 2.5 million people, and once described by Queen Elizabeth as the “Garden City of West Africa”, due to its neatness and abundance of fauna and flora, had fast deteriorated due to the disregard for bye-laws governing the city.
In another instance, a certain visitor from the United Kingdom is also on record to have described the city as “Heaven on Earth”.
Recent developments in the city, however, particularly the growing indiscipline amongst some residents had seen the once-beautiful city lost its pride.
Mr. Assibey-Antwi noted that all was not lost, and that, the KMA would not relent in getting things right in the area of the implementation of its bye-laws to benefit the people.
The Assembly, he said, in collaboration with the people would focus on managing waste effectively, while promoting environmental cleanliness.
Meanwhile, Mr. Assibey Antwi had entreated the hairdressers to send proposal to the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection for support to grow their businesses.
Identifiable groups the MCE interacted with included the Professional Musical Spinners Association of Ghana and Professional Hairdressers Association.
Ms. Juliana Binney, Spokesperson for the hairdressers, complained of high electricity and water tariffs, as well as income tax, as some of the major challenges affecting the growth of their businesses.

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