The Agona west Municipal Assembly, has put in place effective mechanisms to crack down on recalcitrant drivers who fail to load and park at the approved lorry stations to ease traffic congestion at Swedru Business District.
According to the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Evans Addision Onuma Coleman, the Assembly had many stakeholder meetings with chiefs, transport unions, MTTD of the Ghana Police Service, other security capos and opinion leaders in the Municipality to arrest ‘bombing’ drivers.
The taskforce, comprising Driver Unions, MTTD Personnel and Agona west Municipal city guards would arrest recalcitrant drivers and give them spot fines that would go into the coffers of the Assembly to improve internally generated funds.
The MCE made this known when he had his maiden encounter with Agona West Media practitioners at Swedru to outline his vision and mission for the Municipality.
He said the move was to ease the huge traffic congestion which had hit Agona Swedru, particularly on market days in the township and the next to tackle was shops and store owners who deliberately displayed their wares on the pavement, against the rules and regulations of the Assembly.
He said the Assembly, had engaged market queens at both Mandela and Swedru Central markets to stop the practice and had started tackling sanitation in the Municipality and would engage Zoomlion Company on the need to partner the Assembly to bring machines at dumping sites to process refuse.
The MCE, said new roads were also being constructed in the municipality to link Alhamdiyya hospital to Yaabem roads in same community.
He said the Assembly had engaged a grader to reshape deplorable roads in the municipality to facilitate accessibility to motorists and commuters.
He appealed to media personnel in the area to crosscheck their facts from the Assembly and not to spew reports that would impact negatively on the Assembly.
The MCE cautioned the residents of Agona Swedru, especially developers to go for permits from the Assembly before putting up buildings and temporal structures to avert demolition.
Mr Ishmael Nana Ogyefo, Agona West Municipal Co-ordinating Director, called for a united front among media personnel in the area to help the new MCE to achieve his mission.
On information flow, he said the Assembly had nothing to hide from the media and was ready to provide information for them to positively sell the Assembly to Ghanaians and the rest of the world.
He said the Assembly was undertaking many developmental projects and urged the media to help propagate the good work of government.
Mr Ogyefo, said the Assembly would improve the living standards of the people by generating revenue to rehabilitate roads, heath, sanitation and water among other essential amenities for the inhabitants.