Akufo-Addo Joins Asantehene to Open Kejetia Terminal; Cut Sod for Phase II Today

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President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo joins the Asantehene, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II to open the Kejetia Terminal; lead to cut sod for the 2nd phase with the Central Market project.

Last year December, 2018, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) issued a directive to traders and hawkers on the streets to move away lead to control and ease human and vehicular traffic.

Monday, April 29, 2019, all structures which were evacuated leading to human and vehicular were erected once again – move to clean the inner facility in preparation for today’s event.

Speaking to Fox FM – 97.9, Kumasi-based radio station, Nana Amoamanhene who’s one of the leading elders to the project expressed that, the facility has taken a long time for its purpose though completed. He explained that, the delay had occurred due to financial challenges of the traders.

However he said that government has made some provisions to such, signing agreement with Fidelity Bank to provide a loan facility of ¢146 million for over 800 traders to serve as a mortgage to secure back their stores.

Starting the programme was a prayer by Apostle Emmanuel Osei Donkor, followed with a speech by the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Simon Osei Mensah, the British High Commissioner – Ashanti Rep, speech from Hajia Alima Mahama – Minister for Local Government.

Speeches Delivered

According to the Regional Minister, the region would soon get a full operational airport. He also took the opportunity to highlight some of the major road constructions in the region. He expressed pleasure over some developments of the roads however was displeased with some of them particularly with the contractor awarded the Kumasi Ring Roads.

Delivering another was the Minister of the Local Government, Mrs. Hajia Alima Mahama who expressed that the project is an expansion to the first phase, the Kejetia Terminal which is awarded to British Construction firm at a cost of € 240 million.

She said that, the government has made provisions for the shop owners who would not be able to pay for their stores outright but has flexible payment systems which is arranged with Fidelity Bank; either by day or month.

She also took the opportunity to announce a 7-member committee which would be responsible for the management of the facility which the KMA Boss is the Chairman.

She also directed how revenues from the facility would be used. 17% to the Assembly, 2% for social activities, 6% to others respectively.

She charged the officials to work hard for the smooth running of the facility and expressed her appreciation as well.