Tuesday, March 9, 2010


By Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi

THE Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) reviewed its decongestion programme to eliminate the rot in the system.
The assembly had realised that some people, especially city guards, were abusing the system and had consequently adopted measures to correct the wrongs.
A statement signed by Mr Clement Kigeri, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Metro Chief Executive, said as part of the measures, the decongestion team had been reconstituted, with Mr Yakubu Gargo as the new head.
A city guard, Kofi Adu, who allegedly took undue advantage of the decongestion to extort monies from traders, had been interdicted, and Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) was to conduct investigations into his conduct.
The statement said the action was in line with measures taken by the assembly to review the decongestion and bring sanity into it.
“The assembly has taken note of allegations levelled against certain people enforcing the rules of the assembly and has, therefore, taken steps to correct the mistakes that might have resulted in the negative actions,” the statement said.
It urged all assembly members and staff to continue to show commitment to helping the assembly achieve its developmental goals.
The statement also urged the public, especially traders in the central business area of Kumasi, to operate within the by-laws of the assembly.
Hawkers, who were still operating on pavements, were also advised to evacuate or risk being arrested by the city’s law enforcement team.

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