Kumasi City Mayor Hon Sam Pyne has said he will ensure that the newly established steering committee under the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP Greater Kumasi) Project delivers its mandate effectively and objectively.
His assurance came up as a reaction to an admonishing from Kumasi City engineer Mr. Atta Poku at the launching of the Steering Committee for the preparation of a sustainable urban mobility plan on Tuesday 30th November 2021 in Kumasi.
At the event, the latter challenged the city Mayor ( Chairman for the committee) to see to it that none of their (members of the committee) political influences downplay the benefits of the project.
The steering committee comprises MMDCEs and Coordinating Directors of other adjoining assemblies that make up greater Kumasi.
According to the City Engineer, the committee must be firm in enforcing strict measures against individuals who fail to comply with directives that will be issued as part of measures aimed at managing the traffic situation within the metropolis.
He advised that should the city Mayor and for that matter members of the committee slide towards pleasing party electorates, aims under the SUMP-Greater Kumasi project will not be achieved.
“…make it effective. Once we are able to enforce and make sure that there is a political push, the police will also do their work. But it is sometimes worrying and frustrating when the people want to push it and you will have a call from an MCE who thinks that because of political expediency, he needs to hold on instead of taking action…Eerything will come into shambles…Sam Pyne should make sure that together with the people, he will adhere strictly to what the project seeks to achieve”.
The Kumasi City Mayor in his statement at the event pledged that the project will receive the full attention of the assembly to make it a reality.
Hon Sam Pyne made an indication that considering how the population density of the metropolis is fast rising, present congestion situation will worsen few years to come, hence the need for sustainable action and policy.
“Urban mobility has always been the priority of KMA”, he noted.
As part of measures aimed at addressing congestion situation, he said the assembly is taking steps to effectively operationalize satellite markets where on-street traders will be relocated.
Present at the event were the French Ambassador H.E Anne-Sophie AVE, Roberto Schiliro (Team Leader Infrastructure and Sustainable- EU Delegation To Ghana) Development among others.
Per the address of Roberto Schiliro, sustainable and smart cities is one of the three priority areas for cooperating with Ghana to support climate change mitigation and adaptation, promote urban governance and social inclusiveness.