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03.06.2005 General News

Kumasi Group Remind Gov't Of Promises


Members of a group calling itself Patriotic Citizens, a social organisation in the Kumasi metropolis, have expressed worry about the way and manner development projects were being embarked upon in Kumasi and the Ashanti Region as a whole by the government.

They claim that prior to the 2000 general elections, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised to give residents of the region a lot of development projects, but not a single promise had been fulfilled as of now.

A statement issued and signed by Mr Kwame Adinkra, secretary to the group in Kumasi, said the goal of the group was to demand what was due the Ashanti Region.

It was also ready to press for what was promised them.

They said to help avoid instances of future apologies, the NPP administration needed to be reminded the promise it made before coming into power which included reactivating the Kumasi City Hotel and the Jute and Shoe Factories and the upgrading of the Kumasi Airport to international status.

They said the Kumasi Airport now had a poor light system, making it impossible for airplanes to take off and land at night.

It seemed therefore that the government was doing nothing to arrest the situation.

They said the NPP pledged to establish a tomato factory at Akomadan, reactivate the Edward Nassar Biscuit Industry and rejuvenate the sawmill industry in Ashanti, but not much had been done about all these as of now.

They insisted that the government was not committed to ensuring that the Boankra Inland Project, road projects in Kumasi and the entire Ashanti Region, were embarked upon on time by the contractors.

Besides, they said water and electricity supply were very poor in the Kumasi Metropolis and the government was doing nothing about it.

They added that the rehabilitation of the Kumasi Central Market, as well as resettlement of hawkers at available satellite markets as well as the race course development project were all hanging and nothing was being done.

Other concerns the group raised included the inactivity at the Kumasi Zoo, poor maintenance of monuments in Kumasi, poor waste management and the emerging brutalities meted out to innocent citizens by the Ghana Armed Forces in the Kumasi metropolis.

According to the group, their intention was to remind the NPP government of their promises and responsibilities and to declare that it would take to the streets in a peaceful demonstration by the close of the second week in June, if nothing was done to arrest the poor pace of development projects in Kumasi and Ashanti as a whole.

They stated that their concerns had nothing to do with any political party or interest group but their motivation stemmed from the numerous job opportunities available and its potential to enhance the standards of living of people if those projects were activated.