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06.07.2009 Regional News

Central Region ready for Obama`s visit

By David Allan Paintsil, Cape Coast - Ghanaian Chronicle
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Although the United States President, Barack Obama, is expected to visit Cape Coast, the regional capital of the Central Region, residents in the whole region have taken the visit as a historic one that must not be missed by anybody.

They have therefore taken steps to clean their environment, from district to district, to impress visitors and investors. Also, most people have planned to visit Cape Coast, the regional capital, where the US President and his wife, Michelle, are expected to visit. From Kasoa, right down to Upper Denkyira, the momentum has been building towards the historic visit.

At some point in time, the rush for Obama clothes resulted in a shortage of the product, and people have to rush to Accra to buy more.

Since the announcement that Obama was visiting Cape Coast, the number of tourists who have been visiting the place has increased. This can be attested to by the fact that bus-loads of students and other organised groups have been frequenting the place, as the Central File has been monitoring events since the announcement.

Due to the visit of President Obama, all the political parties' billboards in the Mankessim area have been removed, and are expected to be replaced by that of Mills/Obama billboards.

The Mfantseman Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Henry Kweku Hayfron, confirmed to Central File that directives came from Accra that they should remove the billboards and replace them with current Obama/Mills ones.

In Cape Coast and its environs, some forms of development projects are being executed to put the city in good shape to host the US President.

They include the Cape Coast Castle, the Cape Coast Court Complex, Commercial Bank building, which houses The Chronicle office, the Cape Coast Palace and Ministries Block, while the landing site designated to host the Airforce One jet, has also been put in good shape.

Some rumble strips on the portion of roads expected to be used by the US President have been removed to facilitate smooth movement.

Now, information vans have started giving dawn broadcasts about the need to keep clean environments, although various programmes have been lined up to clean the city.

Zoomlion staff are not relenting on their efforts to rid the city of filth, as they have lived up to the task of ensuring proper sanitation on a daily basis.

As the region appears ready for the visit, with the various hotels and hospitality industries gearing up to host the numerous number of people expected to throng the colonial capital, the residents of Cape Coast are of the hope that the US President would do something on the day of his visit to serve as memorial.

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