Chairman for Kumasi-Adum Petty Traders Association Mr. Mark Obeng has observed that before Kumasi can be resurrected into its past glory as the “Garden City of West Africa”, the occupant of the prestigious Golden Stool, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll needs to take over the management of the city.
Speaking to GhanaVanguard.com Kumasi-based reporter Nana Amoah in an interview, Mr. Obeng expressed disappointment about the rate in which the city continuously tend to decline, whilst government officials have been tasked with the responsibilities to address the challenges that face city.
Chairman Obeng said since politics was introduced into the country some years back, politicians have been taking the development of Kumasi for a ride, fearing to do what is right out of political expediency.
He recalled that from the regime of the late Rawlings down to Nana Akuffo Addo, none of such Presidents have been able to perform creditably in Kumasi, so far as development is concerned, though Kumasi was rated among the best and well developed cities in West Africa when politics was non-existence.
Mr. Obeng further indicated that Kumasi is worse off as a result of indiscipline and the authorities inability to apply the city bye laws on the reasons that a particular party would loose elections if the laws are enforced on recalcitrant traders.
He intimated that operations of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly are no more bitting, as those who are supposed to enforce the laws allegedly take bribes from the traders who in turn violates the rules and go scot free, thereby culminating to environmental pollution.
Obeng added that since enough is enough with the politicians, hence he and his over six hundred active members are humbly appealing to His Royal Majesty, Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll to rise up and take over the functions of the Kumasi city before the politicians run down our territory, he concluded.
By Nana Amoah, for GhanaVanguard