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Prioritize Kumasi Key Needs: Kwabena Nsafoa tasks New Kumasi Mayor

 Prioritize Kumasi Key Needs: Kwabena Nsafoa tasks New Kumasi Mayor

The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has nominated the National Patriotic Party’s Ashanti Regional Secretary, Mr. Sam Pyne as the new Mayor of Kumasi, and takes over from Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi, who has been serving at the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly since 2017.

This information was disseminated on Sunday, September 19, 2021, by the Minister for Local Government, Dan Botwe at the minister’s press briefing.

Mr. Sam Pyne has been nominated as the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive and he is expected to take over from the outgoing Mayor, Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi, who has been serving at the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly since 2017.
The Mayor of Kumasi is appointed by the President and accepted by not less than two-thirds of the General Assembly through voting. A mayor is the head of a metropolitanmunicipal government and fulfills the roles of chief executive officer, acts as a ceremonial figurehead, and local agent of the central government.

The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) was established by Legislative Instrument 1614 of 1995 under Local Government Law 1988, NDPC law 207. The Kumasi Metropolitan area was divided into an initial 4 sub-metropolitan areas namely Asokwa, Bantama, Manhyia, and Subin. Currently, Greater Kumasi is made up of nines divided into (9) Mmunicipalities, which includes; Kwadaso, Asokwa, Oforikrom, Asokore Mampamg, Tafo, Suame, Atwima Kwanwoma, and Atwima Nwabiagya Municipalities.

Mr. Sam Pyne’s appointment as the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive comes with numerous responsibilities the citizens of Kumasi requires him to fulfill. One of such outspoken citizens and social media influencer, Kwabena Nsafoa who has outlined tasks agreed by many others for the new Mayor to proriritize.

Below are a few outlined tasks majority of the populace in Kumasi requires of their newly appointed Mayor.

Key among these task is the fact that, the mayor should consider reevaluating KMA’s Private Public Partnership Projects especially, plans to ‘touch’ the verdant Zoo land to concrete and KMA’s prime lands. These lands and should remain pristine and serve as a ‘protective’ and greenery for Kumasi.

Also, firm decisions should be taken to rid the Central Business District of unassigned trotro and taxi stations to curb congestion and traffic on our roads. Efforts must also be put in place to regulate the menace of Aboboyaa, Pragia, and motors riders. For the sake of simplicity, there should be routes assigned for these riders.

Again, there should be effective maintenance of traffic and street lights at various locations in Kumasi; and potholes on major Kumasi roads should be patched up.

With immediate effect, there should be a plan to reconstruct the Kaase road to the City’s landfill and also tackle the sanitation situation at Kumasi Abattoir (Mayanka).

With regards to sanitation, there should be policies to intensify the need to make ‘Kumasi Green’ again. This can include, planting trees and shrubs, protecting the greenbelts, and constant clearing of waterways.

Furthermore, the mayor must endeavor to make the public relations department at the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly active. They must reshape KMA’s communication outlet and revamp their social media handles.

By: Afia Konadu Yiadom
AsantemanWeb Correspondent

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