THE Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has given Freko FD Limited the sole right to manage the Kejetia Terminal, ending the furore that arose over the management of the facility when the new government took office.
At the last general meeting of the assembly for the year in Kumasi last Tuesday, members overwhelmingly accepted the report of the Finance and Administration Sub-committee which recommended that the company be given the right to continue managing the facility, which is described as the biggest in West Africa.
The Daily Graphic learnt that some individuals were seriously lobbying to take over the management of the facility from Freko FD Limited,which had been managing the terminal for about six years now.
At last Tuesday’s meeting, the Chairman of the subcommittee, Mr Amidu Gariba, informed the house that Freko Limited met all its financial and other obligations relating to the terminal.
He said it was found out that the company was installing close-circuit television at the terminal to control traffic, crime and other social vices at the cost of GH¢200,000, with 40 per cent of the project completed.
Mr Gariba said Freko Limited had also constructed a security monitoring tower at the terminal to enhance security control.
He further stated that the company had established an information department at the terminal for very important public announcements and to educate the public on KMA bye-laws.
The sub-committee chairman said Freko Limited had dug boreholes for watering flowers and also to serve as water hydrants and had, since 2007, managed the refuse transfer system at Kejetia as additional work.
Based on those and other achievements, the assembly agreed to allow the company to continue its management of the facility.
In his address, the KMA Chief Executive, Mr Samuel Sarpong, said it was refreshing that the controversy surrounding the management of the terminal had finally ended and expressed the hope that the company would continue to prove its worth.
He commended the assembly members for working in unity to advance thedevelopment of Kumasi.
Mr Sarpong touched on the Sokoban Wood Village and said all wood workers at Anloga had finally moved to the wood village.
He stated that Messrs Gold Street Real Estate Consult had been given the right to manage the wood village.
Mr Sarpong said the Department of Urban Roads had begun preparing an additional 14-acre land for use by the wood workers at the wood village.