SUNYANI, the capital of the Brong Ahafo Region, is to benefit from a GH¢4 million modern market to replace the old one as part of the government’s efforts to modernise the regional capital.
In this regard contract preliminaries are going on to select a contractor for the project, which would commence in the early part of next year.
The Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Kwame Twumasi-Awuah, disclosed this to the Daily Graphic in Sunyani. He assured traders at the old market that the project would be managed in such a way that their businesses would not be destabilised.
He debunked the assertion that traders would not be allowed to use the old market, which would be pulled down to make way for the new one during the Christmas period.
Mr Twumasi-Awuah assured traders doing business in the area not to panic, since the project would start after the Christmas and New Year festivities.
He was grateful to the government for giving the municipality, especially the regional capital, a face-lift to befit its status as an emerging conference destination in the country.
The MCE stated that apart from the new market to be built in Sunyani, the Sunyani Municipal Assembly had also begun a massive electrification project to replace all concrete low-tension poles in the area with metal ones to enhance security at night, adding that it was part of the measures to promote tourism, safety and beautification of the municipality.
He said further that in collaboration with the Department of Urban Roads, the assembly had also embarked on a traffic management project in the municipality to manage congestion and facilitate mobility.
According to him, as part of that project to control both vehicular and pedestrian movements in the municipality, a number of access roads had been constructed and drainage systems improved, while the Sunyani Magazine (garages) roads were being upgraded and tarred to give the area also a face-lift.
Mr Twumasi-Awuah added that the assembly in partnership with Zoomlion, a waste management company, had worked tirelessly to improve sanitation in the municipality while all the mountain of refuse dumps in the area had been evacuated.
According to him, a number of water closet public toilets were being provided at the various lorry parks to replace pit latrines to improve sanitation in the municipality.
Touching on education, Mr Twumasi-Awuah stated that a number of school blocks had been constructed for some basic schools in the municipality, while the Sunyani and Twene Amanfo Senior High schools (SHSs) had benefited from an assembly hall and administration block, respectively sponsored by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund).
He said health centres had been built for a number of rural communities while new clinics under construction at Atronie, Nkrankrom and Wawasua were about 60 per cent complete.
Mr Twumasi-Awuah stated that Sunyani was fast growing into a commercial and business centre as many financial institutions based in Accra were moving into the municipality.
He advised the people to take advantage of the numerous rural and commercial banks and the peaceful atmosphere in the municipality to do business.