Some assemblymen at the event. INSET: Kojo Bonsu and Nana Senya at the event

Some assemblymen at the event. INSET: Kojo Bonsu and Nana Senya at the event

KUMASI MAYOR, Kojo Bonsu, has catalogued his long vision for the smooth and rapid transformation of Kumasi which would see the city rebranded to enhance its image to the level of renowned cities in the world like London and Johannesburg.

As part of this great vision, he announced that one million trees would be planted across the city from now to 2017, to help restore Kumasi?s lost image as the Garden City of West Africa.

The Mayor indicated that CCTV cameras would be installed within the central business district and vantage parts of the city that are known to be dens for criminals, in order to monitor their movements.

Mr Bonsu announced also that Afro Disney Park of international status would be created in the city to help attract tourists from across the globe to help increase the assembly?s revenue generation which was now rather dwindling.

The Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) was giving his maiden address to the members of the assembly since he took office as Kumasi Mayor on Tuesday.

An assembly meeting held at the SSNIT Conference Room, Adum, last week was to enable the mayor to deliver his sessional address, which was interrupted by a feud which ensued between him and Nana Senya, a Presiding Member over a letter which was supposed to contain the list of members forming the various sub-committees of the assembly.

This time around, the meeting, held at the same venue, was peaceful and there were visible signs indicating that the mayor and the PM had resolved any rancour that might have existed between them.

Continuing with his address, Kojo Bonsu said the days that people constructed houses in waterways and unapproved sites in Kumasi was a thing of the past. He promised he would ensure that the right thing would be done during his tenure as mayor.

The Kumasi Mayor also decried the appalling sanitary situation in the city lately, giving a firm promise to institute effective measures to help curb the sanitary menace in the city and help beautify it.

He observed that Kumasi was rapidly being turned into an outmoded city and therefore called on all and sundry to help give Kumasi a new facelift befitting of a modern city.

Still touching on sanitation, he announced that a night cleaning exercise team in the heart of Kumasi had been instituted to help deal with the problem. He also added that a sanitation court would be instituted to deal with people that flouted environmental regulations.

Kojo Bonsu assured that under his watch, the assembly would construct 200 capacity libraries in each of the nine sub-metros in the city to help enhance teaching and learning among other projects for the schools in the city.

He openly lamented over the revenue collection of the assembly which he said was not encouraging. The KMA boss assured his people of introducing modern measures, including the introduction of technology-based process to help boost revenue collection of the KMA.

Kojo Bonsu noted that the Tafo cemetery, the biggest cemetery in the city would be walled to give the place a facelift, adding that Kumasi would join the World City Network made up of renowned cities in the world to put Kumasi on the international map.

The mayor said Kumasi would be rebranded so that the city could host international conferences to attract more tourists and investors to help maximize the economic opportunities of the area.

On the field of sports, he mentioned that the Kumasi International Marathon would be properly upgraded to promote athletism in the city.

Kojo Bonsu ended his 34-minutes speech by appealing passionately to the assemblymen and all residents to rally behind him achieve his great ambition for the city, stating, ?I am here to serve my people but not to indulge in partisan politics.?

 FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

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