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02.03.2009 Regional News

Asantehene worried about unauthorized structures in Kumasi


Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, has expressed worry at the high rate at which illegal structures were springing up in some parts of the Kumasi metropolis.

He cited the many illegal wooden structures at Akwatialine and its environs, warning that those behind the collection of illegal monies that gave these squatters the impression that they were lawfully occupying the lands should stop immediately.

This was contained in a message delivered on his behalf by Nana Baffour Ampofo, Asemhene, at the 12th National Conference of the Ahlussunna Wal-Jama'a, an Islamic sect, held at the Jubilee Park, at Kumasi, on Sunday.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu said he discovered those structures during one of his routine inspection of Kumasi, noting that, Kumasi could only consolidate its status at the Garden city of West Africa when residents were law-abiding.

He charged residents to adhere to building regulations and also challenged city authorities to refrain from malpractices that encouraged the development of illegal structures in the metropolis.

The Asantehene further cautioned the residents to abide by the byelaws on sanitation to maintain and enhance cleanliness before, during and after the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of his enstoolment.

He expressed the hope that the Ahlussuna sect and Muslims, in general, would co-operate and continue to pray for him to have a successful celebration.