The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly has disclosed that it spent ¢462 million to execute the first phase of its exercise to rid the city centre of unauthorized structures.
The second phase, which begins next week Monday, is estimated to cost the city authority ¢660 million. The amount covers payment of allowances to personnel, fuel and hiring of equipment.
Speaking at a press conference in Kumasi, the Metropolitan Chief Executive of KMA, Madam Patricia Appiagyei said though the money appears huge, it is worth spending to curb what she calls 'unprecedented levels of indiscipline' in the metropolis.
She said the first exercise was a success. She disclosed that 94 recalcitrant traders have been arrested and prosecuted for defying the KMA's order.
Madam Appiagyei cautioned shop owners against indiscriminate display of their wares.
She said before the second phase of the exercise begins there will be an extensive public education for the people to understand that it is meant to beautify the city and not to victimize them.