Nana Baffour Owusu Amankwatia VI, Bantamahene has regretted about the development of Kumasi for many years now,saying Kumasi is been sidelined, nothing works in Kumasi.
‘‘Kumasi is not second capital of Ghana, the politicians say to deceive us. Go and see the development in Accra and compare it to Kumasi they claim as the second city of Ghana, Kumasi is big village’’.
Bantamahene lamented that, exception of Aboabo and Asokore Mampong roads in Kumasi, all the other roads are deplorable. He mentioned the overwhelming dust in Nhyieaso and Boukrom because of bad road in the area.
He told Omanhene Yaw Adu Boakye on kessben FM maakye on Friday 24th January 2020. Nana stated that, Manhyia and it council chiefs are furious with the current state of Kumasi.
“As am talking to you, Accra is having more than three interchange but even one in Kumasi is still not completed more than twelve years, how can Kumasi be the second city of Ghana? Nana Baffour inquired.
According to him, although members of the government keep speaking of brilliant ideas, very little action has been seen in the region with regards to development.
“Our pedestrian walkways have been taken over by hawkers. Commercial drivers have left their stations picking up passengers from all places and creating a mess. Stalls have been erected messily taking away the beauty of plush settlements like Nhyieso. There is no enforcement of law. When you at Kejetia and want to go to Manhyia, the shortest route is K.O. but it takes more hours to cover that small distance because of vehicular traffic he stated.
Nana added that, if the chiefs do not take care,the politician will collapse Kumasi hence Manhyia will make sure that the right thing is done.
Nana Baffour Amankwatia VI charged the government to be goal-oriented and serious about cleaning up the mess in the Kumasi Metropolis.
Nana Bantamahene previously at Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly inauguration and swearing in of elected assembly members disclosed Otumfuo Osei Tutu decision to withdraw all his chiefs from the assembly as Nananom are put aside.
He stated that, the Traditional Council feels ignored in local governance representation in the various assemblies.
Nana Baffour revealed that the Assembly previously had five representatives on the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly and other assemblies. Nevertheless, he noted that, the number has been reduced to two by the Central Government.
“We are being sidelined,” he opined, adding that “We play a very important role in the running of this country…the way things are going, gradually we are being taken out of the center and as chiefs, we cannot operate from the minimal, we have to be in the center,” he continued.
The Traditional Council feels it is no longer relevant in the local governance structure hence the decision by the Otumfuo to withdraw all traditional representation in the various assemblies.
Nana Bantamahene who represented the Asantehene at the ceremony further remarked that, official letter has been sent to the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah on the decision.
Nana Baffour Owusu Amankwatia, made it known that, when the request be productive, the chiefs will be resumed to the Assemblies as the decision is not a fixed one.