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The Amoamahene, Nana Agyenim Boateng, has disclosed that construction work on a modernised bus terminal and a children’s park in Kumasi city centre will start this year under the Asantehene's ten-year plan to transform infrastructure and social amenities in the Ashanti Region.

The Amoamahene, Nana Agyenim Boateng, has disclosed that construction work on a modernised bus terminal and a children’s park in Kumasi city centre will start this year under the Asantehene's ten-year plan to transform infrastructure and social amenities in the Ashanti Region.

 

He noted that the modern, multi-storey car park and terminal will decongest the city’s central business district.

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has unveiled a ten-year development plan with an estimated price tag of US$400 million, to come from funds raised in the private sector.

According to the Amoamahene, the plan seeks to industrialise the economy of the Ashanti kingdom in order to scale up employment and create wealth. The Asanteman Traditional Council will therefore use stool lands to leverage financing which will help realise the packed programme of projects underr the plan.

Royal agenda

The Ashanti monarch is celebrating 20 years on the Golden Stool and, according to the Amoamahene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu hopes to achieve massive development for Asanteman through the ten-year plan.

Nana Agyenim Boateng told the Kumasi-based radio station Hello FM that five projects have been earmarked as key components of the development agenda.

He mentioned rejuvenation of the Kumasi Jute Factory and the establishment of a mango-processing factory at Sabin Akrofuom on the main road between Kumasi and Obuasi as some of the projects.

To this end, the Asanteman Traditional Council has encouraged farmers in the region, especially Offinso, to take up kenaf cultivation as a raw material base for the jute factory. Local mango farms will also feed the proposed fruit processing plant.

Other potential areas that will be looked at involve a kente project at Bonwire, metal fabrication support at Suame Magazine and a waste recycling plant.

Call to investors

Nana Agyenim Boateng said Ghana Exim Bank is a crucial partner in the proposed projects.

The Asantehene has also called on private investors to venture into hostel facilities in the region to help ease accommodation challenges faced by students, the Amoamahene said, especially those on the campuses of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.