From Samuel Duodu, Sunyani.
The Sunyani municipality has been selected as one of the six regional capitals in the country to benefit from the Government’s electrification programme.
The project, which has already been awarded on contract, would cover a distance of 34.02 Kilometres and involves the provision of street lights.
The areas to be covered are the Sunyani- Chiraa road from the Tata Hotel traffic light to the Liberation Barrack, Sunyani-Kumasi road from the Sunyani Senior High School junction to the Abesim Ghana Water Company Headworks, Ring-Road from the Seventh Day Adventist Church Educational Unit through Penkwasi to last stop, Residential area behind Catholic Church on Chiraa road and from the Post Office Roundabout through Baakoniaba to ASEC School.
The rest are from Electoral Commission through to the Volta River Authority (VRA) Estate to the final waste disposal site of the assembly, from Rex Cinema Hall through Stadium to Sunyani Zongo, Odumasi road- from Tata Restaurant through Catering Round-about to Sunyani West District Assembly, Zongo one way, Newtown to Tonsuom Estate.
Most of the areas to be covered by the streetlighting project did not have street lights which made it dangerous for residents to walk in the night and also provided a field day for criminals to operate.
Mr Kwasi Oppong Ababio, the Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), who said this during the second ordinary meeting of the Sunyani Municipal Assembly, stated that the street light project would begin from November 7, this year.
It said it would also coincide with the visit of the President, Prof. J.E.A. Mills, as the special guest of honour to the grand durbar of the chiefs and people of the region to climax the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the creation of the region.
On revenue mobilisation, the Sunyani MCE commended a three- member taskforce that was set up to assist in revenue mobilisation for raking in Gh¢8,328.00 within the short period that it operated.
He said management has instituted measures which included the creation of a billing section to deal with the issues of preparation of bills to property owners to ensure effective collection of rates and data among others.
Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, bemoaned the springing up of unauthorised structures in the municipality which was impeding pedestrians and vehicle movement, especially in the Central Business District area, saying now people have taken over pavements which has created a lot of congestion.
He noted that as a result of this unhealthy development in the municipality, it has affected one of the most orderly and planned cities in the country, which has also been adjudged as the most cleanest cities in the country in recent times.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo, therefore, called on the management of the assembly to embark on a decongestion exercise to rid the city of all unauthorised structures that were destroying the beauty of the once most planned city’s in the country.