Mr Boniface A. Siddique, Minister of Manpower, Youth and Employment, trying his hands on one of the motorised tricycles at the Konadu Yiadom School Park at Ashtown in Kumasi.
This was when Zoomlion, a private waste collection company introduced the motorised tricycles to help with waste collection in the Kumasi metropolis.
The company first introduced the manual tricycles last year and has been helping greatly in waste collection in the metropolis.
The motorised tricycles, 500 of which have been introduced in Kumasi are to add to the manual ones and help with street sweeping, drain cleansing and litter picking.
Mr Stephen Asamoah Boateng, Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Environment at a ceremony to introduce the cycles in Kumasi urged residents of Kumasi to support the sanitation efforts of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly.
He said sanitation was one of his priorities at the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Environment and that he intended to ensure that all assemblies are able to deal with the unsanitary menace engulfing most areas.
Employees under the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) are being used to operate the motorised tricycles.
Mr Boniface A. Siddique, Minister of Manpower, Youth and Employment said so far 79,000 youth had been employed under the NYEP within its shortest time of operation and said the number was expected to shoot to 400,000 by end of 2007.
He said the NYEP was devoid of politics hence people should stop trying to politicise the whole exercise.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Picture shows a trader going through the debris after the outbreak
Fire gutted parts of the Kumasi Central Market on Friday night and destroyed property estimated at billions of cedis.
The extent of the destruction caused by the blaze was generally considered as unprecedented in the history of fire outbreaks associated with the central market.
The fire, which started at about 9:30pm on Friday, left in its trail nothing but ashes.
Although the Fire Service officers got to the scene on time, they could not fight the fire due because they could not get access to the fire scene.
Picture shows Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Osei Assibey-Antwi (in green cup) and Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Patricia Appiagyei(in black cup and shirt). This was when they visited the burnt area of the market together with other officials of the metropolitan assembly to sympathise with the victims of the fire outbreak.
They eventually had to clear structures (other shops) to be able to get to the scene and
it took them a whole night to bring the fire under control.
The cause of the fire was yet to be determined as the security services were still investigating the outbreak.
Looters had a field day as the fire raged on but the police managed to arrest six people who have been placed in custody.
The security officers, however, had a hectic time trying to control a large crowd, which gathered at the scene. Some of them were traders who had rushed from their homes with the intention of salvaging their goods.
Pix. Traders going through the debris after the outbreak.
The Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Osei Assibey-Antwi, the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Madam Patricia Appiagyei, and other officials visited the market to console the victims.
The hardest hit areas were leather dealers, shoe makers and pepper sellers.
One young man, Kwame Alfred told the Daily Graphic that he had lost his investment of about ¢10million and had no idea of how he was going to get back into business.
Others, mostly young men, also complained of losing investments running into hundreds of millions of cedis.
Those who did not hear of the fire outbreak in the night but only went to the market on Saturday morning with the intention of going to do business broke down in tears upon seeing what had happened.
The issue of failure to insure businesses had come up for discussion in the metropolis in recent times, and the general consensus was that people must insure their businesses.
Getting access to the market in times of fire outbreaks had also been a major topic of concern and the KMA had been persistently urged to take up the matter.
Some traders accused the market manager of allowing certain traders to use tables in certain areas which blocked access routes.
The Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister expressed concern about the number of highly inflammable equipment in the market, which was a contributory factor to the fire outbreak.Picture shows Osei Assibey-Antwi (in green cup) with Patricia Appiagyei (in black shirt and black cup) at the burnt area in the market.
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