THE Sunyani municipality has been selected among six regional capitals in the country to benefit from the Government’s electrification programme aimed at improving security and visibility at night.
The project is to give the municipality which is fast developing into a conference hub/destination in the country a face-lift.
The project which has been already awarded on contract, would cover a distance of 34.02 kilometres.
The areas to be covered are the Sunyani-Chiraa road, that is, from the Tata Hotel traffic light to the Liberation Barracks, the Sunyani-Kumasi road, from the Sunyani Senior High School junction to the Ghana Water Company Headworks at Abesim, Ring-Road from the Seventh Day Adventist Church Educational Unit through Penkwase to the last stop; residential area behind the Catholic Church on the Chiraa road and from the Post Office roundabout through Baakoniaba to ASEC School.
The rest are from the electoral commission through to the Volta River Authority (VRA) Estate to the final waste disposal site of the municipal assembly; from Rex Cinema Hall through the stadium to Sunyani Zongo; from Tata Restaurant through Catering roundabout to Sunyani West District capital at Odumasi; from Sunyani Newtown to Tonsuom Estate.
Most of the areas to be covered by the streetlighting project did not have streetlights which made the places dangerous for residents at night.
The Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Kwasi Oppong Ababio, announced this at the second ordinary meeting of the Sunyani Municipal Assembly at Sunyani.
He stated that the streetlight project would begin from November 7, this year, to coincide with the visit of the President J.E.A. Mills to Sunyani as the special guest of honour at a grand durbar of the chiefs and people of the region to climax the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the creation of the region.
Mr Ababio said the assembly had also earmarked a number of projects for either rehabilitation or construction.
He mentioned the projects as the rehabilitation of the Boahenkorkor Presbyterian ‘B’ Junior High School, reroofing of a four-unit classroom block for the Ghana Muslim Mission School and Municipal Assembly Primary School in Sunyani, renovation of a six-unit classroom block for the Atronie Methodist Primary School, construction of a three-unit classroom block each for Yawhima Municipal Assembly, Abesim Methodist and Presbyterian ‘A’ Primary Schools.
Mr Ababio mentioned other projects also earmarked for completion by the assembly as a court building, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) office complex, clinics for Nkrankrom, Atronie and Wawasua, while plans were far advanced to set up an education endowment fund to assist brilliant needy students in the municipality.
The MCE commended the three-member task force set up to assist in revenue mobilisation for raking in Gh¢8,328 within the short period that it operated.
He said the assembly had taken realistic measures of improving revenue mobilisation, 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.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo bemoaned the springing up of unauthorised structures in the municipality which was impeding pedestrian and vehicular movements, especially in the central business district area, which had created congestion.
He, therefore, called on the assembly to embark on decongestion exercise to rid the city of the unauthorised structures which were destroying the beauty of the once most planned municipality in the country.
The regional minister also called for rigidly enforcement of its building regulations to halt the situation “otherwise posterity would not forgive us”.