Sunday, January 3, 2010


THE Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) is to relocate a number of businesses displaced by the Kumasi Roads Rehabilitation project at the Sokoban Wood Village to enable work on the project to proceed.
The KMA Chief Executive, Mr Samuel Sarpong, said every effort was being made to ensure that road projects were completed on schedule.
Already, all woodworkers at Anloga have been successfully moved to the wood village.
Mr Sarpong told assembly meeting in Kumasi that a 500,000-Euro fund was set aside by the Community Development Fund (AFD) to support business development in the village from collapsing, due to an anticipated initial low patronage at the new site.
The chief executive said compensation assessment for individuals and companies, whose properties would be affected by the project, had been forwarded to the Land Valuation Board for approval.
He added that the Department of Urban Roads had also begun preparation of an additional 14-acre at the village for use.
He also stressed a need to manage the high volumes of wood waste that would be generated at the village each day.
Currently, he said, the site manager carted the wood waste to a nearby fertiliser plant, which would be converted into organic manure.
Mr Sarpong stated that other companies had also expressed interest in converting the wood wastes into charcoal briquettes and other forms of energy.
He indicated that the Ghana National Fire Service and the Electricity Company of Ghana were to establish their presence at the Wood Village since their operations were critical to the operations of the enclave.
He also advised against the conversion of stalls at the site into other uses, explaining that that would defeat the purpose for which the project was initiated.

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