Corporate entities have provided resources for the implementation of the flagship “Keep Kumasi Clean and Green” (KKCG) project, initiated by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to keep Kumasi neat.
The donors include Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited, VIP Transport Limited, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Steaman Waste Management, National Investment Bank, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and the Shiloh United Church and International Ministry of Great Britain.
The Mayor of Kumasi, Osei Assibey Antwi, disclosed at the pre-launch of the project in Kumasi last Tuesday, that Zoomlion Ghana provided pick up vehicles and some waste bins, while VIP Transport donated a compactor truck and tricycles, with the Fidelity Bank donating waste bins and branded T-shirts.
Other collaborators and donors are Steaman Waste Management (souvenirs), KNUST (Installation of waste bins), Shiloh United Church (donated funds for procurement of waste bins), and National Investment Bank, financing the beautification of Kumasi.
The National Investment Bank (NIB) has, since November last year, contributed GH¢66,950 to support the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly’s “Keep the City Clean and Green” initiative.
The Coconut Producers and Exporters s Association and Forest Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG) donated seedlings and nursing seedlings.
The donated items were officially handed over to the KMA at the pre-launch, which coincided with the observation of this year’s World Environment Day.
The KMA boss said the objective of the project is to restore Kumasi to its former glory, as the ‘Garden City of West Africa’, towards sustaining the ecology and biodiversity.
The KMA boss thanked the donor organisations and appealed to other corporate bodies to support and sustain the project.
Mr. Assibey-Antwi disclosed that the KMA has, since last year, planted over 10,000 trees of varied species, including coconut and royal palm tree seedlings, especially along some principal streets and water bodies in the Metropolis, to deal with the changing climatic conditions.
To ensure the sustainability of the project, a KKCG Implementation Committee, headed by Rt. Reverend Professor Osei Safo Kantanka, former Methodist Bishop of Kumasi, and comprising civil society organisations, religious bodies, traditional authorities, and environmental youth groups had been set up to supervise the successful execution of the project, and was inaugurated at the pre-launch.
The Committee will, among others, supervise the planting of trees, installation of waste bins along the principal streets, and creating environmental sanitation awareness amongst the people.
The former Kumasi Diocesan Methodist Bishop pointed out that it will take a campaign for an attitudinal change, the provision of equipment, and enforcement of the assembly’s by laws to achieve the objective of the campaign.
He said it was an indictment on the residents of Kumasi that the city could no longer be called the Garden City of West Africa bestowed on it as a commendation for their concern about the environment.
The KKCG Chairman, therefore, called on religious leaders, churches, schools, institutions, media and corporate bodies, landlords, as well as residents, to take issues of insanitary conditions very seriously.
He also called on landlords and the residents to get involved in the proposed tree planting and care exercise.
Mr. Anthony Mensah, who represented the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mr. Joseph Kofi Adda, pledged the Ministry’s support for the project in the provision of the requisite logistical and technical aids to boost the KMA’s campaign for a clean environment