By Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA
17, GNA - Mr Osei Assibey-Antwi, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Chief
Executive, has indicated that the Assembly’s overarching goal of making Kumasi
one of the cleanest cities in Ghana, was on course.
“There are also
proactive measures in place, to ensure the sustainability of this bid” he
He said so far
about 1,000,000 different tree species and 2,000 coconut trees, which could be used
for commercial purposes, have been planted in the Metropolis.
week, different voluntary groups hit the principal streets in Kumasi for
clean-up exercises”, he added, saying all these were in aid of achieving green
and clean environment.
Assibey-Antwi stated these when the Head of European Union (EU)-Delegation in
Ghana, Ms. Diana Acconcia, paid a courtesy call on him in Kumasi.
He said the
Assembly was also working towards controlling excessive waste generation in the
Central Business District (CBD).
The CBD alone
generates 750 tones out of the total 1,500 tons of waste generated daily in the
The KMA Boss
said the due to the improvement in general environmental sanitation, disease
outbreak such as cholera etc, were now a thing of the past and the Assembly was
also working to protect its rivers and water bodies in the city as sprawling
urbanisation, continued to pose a challenge.
In the area of
vehicular and human congestion, the Assembly was leveraging on lands available
to provide markets, where hawkers could sell their wares, while making plans to
set up multi-storey car parks to keep at bay, the perennial problem of
unapproved car parking, in the CBD.
said the EU was working hard to augment programmes being implemented by some
African states to address waste management and announced that the EU would next
month organise a seminar on recycling of waste, to seek stakeholder inputs on
how to curtail the growing environmental challenges in cities.