- Kumasi to see major facelift in a 10-year development plan
- The project will improve the city and region in many ways
The overlord of the Asante kingdom, Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has outlined a ten-year development plan to transform the city of Kumasi.
The project is estimated to cost $400 million and the private sector will be the source of funding.
Also some stool lands will be used as a leverage for the realization of the projects.
The plan also includes an initiative to industrialise the local economy to scale up employment and create wealth in the city.
This was disclosed by the Chief of Amoaman, Nana Agyenim Boateng, in an interview with Luv News on the sidelines of a meeting with businesses executives in Kumasi.
He also revealed that about five of such projects have been earmarked as key components of the development agenda.
They include rejuvenation of the Kumasi Jute Factory and establishment of a mango processing factory to be sited at Sabin Akrofuom on the Kumasi-Obuasi main road.
Already, farmers in Offinso are being encouraged to take up kenaf cultivation as raw material base for the jute factory.
Mango farms owned by the Asantehene will initially feed the proposed processing plant.
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Nana Agyenim Boateng said the Ghana Exim Bank is a key partner in the proposed projects.
Many years ago, Kumasi was described as the Garden City of West Africa.
As the second largest city in Ghana, the seat of Asanteman was neat, beautiful and greenery.
Over the years, these accolades gave way to congestion, traffic and trading activities at unauthorised places in the city.
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Many efforts were made in the past to restore the city to its status as one of the most enviable habitations in the sub-region.
With the 20th anniversary of the enstoolment of Otumfuo Osei Tutu is still underway.
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