The Sunyani Municipal Assembly in partnership with National Disaster Management Organization and the Municipal Police has embarked on a decongestion exercise in the Sunyani Municipality. The Public Relations officer of the Municipal Assembly, Vincent Agyei Antwi, in an interview with Develop Ghana Newspaper, said the rationale behind that operation is to reduce the growing congestion in the Central Business District which has traders competing with vehicles for space. It is also to ensure the safe movement of people, particularly traders. He cautioned various road users to comply with the rules set down to prevent the huge threat to human life and destruction of property posed by unbridled congestion. Â The exercise focused on the main road leading to the central market which he claimed was the most crowded.Â Touching on awareness creation for the operation, Mr. Antwi said the assembly organized a sensitization workshop a month before the operation to enlighten Stakeholders of the developing dangerous situation and its intention to adopt corrective measures. The PRO revealed that the congestion is deliberate since the assembly has provided alternative areas for trading and parking especially. He again expressed concern over easy access into the market in case of any fire outbreaks, floods o other emergencies.Â He assured that the Municipal Assembly has established a task force to periodically check on the rate of compliance with bye laws on the part of traders.Â Mr. Antwi finally advised all those affected by the decongestion exercise to move to officially approved places proposed created by the Sunyani Municipal Assembly. Develop Ghana Newspaper again interviewed some traders at the taxi rank who said they were not aware of the operation, and expressed worry about the decongestion exercise by the assembly. This claim was however refuted by another Trader, Nana Afia Asantewaa Kobi, who admitted that they were made aware of the exercise by the Assembly during a meeting where the Assembly and the Traders agreed to cooperate.
Source: Biiya Mukusah Ali/http://newspaper.developghana.com/