President John Mahama and Otumfuo Osei Tutu II jointly inuagurate the Rattray Park
President John Mahama, has appealed to Asantehene Otumfuor Osei Tutu and other stakeholders to quickly intervene in the impasse that is delaying the construction of a new Kumasi central market.
According to the President funding has already been secured for the project and further delays only attract huge commitment fees at the bank.
President Mahama, made the appeal when he inaugurated an ultramodern recreational park known as the Rattray Park at a ceremony in Kumasi. The Park the first of its kind in the country will be open for Public visits and events. The event was graced by the Asantehene Otumfuor Osei Tutu and wife Lady Julia and government officials.
The Recreational Park is named after one British Captain known as Robert Rattray Sunderland, who was the first to land a helicopter on the Park in the Ashanti region.
The Project is the brainchild of the Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly KMA Kojo Bonsu.
The aim is to restore Kumasi to its former glory as the Garden City as well as generate revenue for the KMA?s development projects. What is fascinating about the park is that, it has a musical or dancing fountain that is similar to one in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Other facilities include an artificial lake, a modern stage for live performances and an internet access.
President Mahama, said the development of the Ashanti region and for that matter Kumasi is dear to his heart and his government will ensure that it relives the accolade as the ?Garden City?.
He said projects as this are worth emulating, urging other Mayors to follow suit.
President Mahama, commended the KMA Boss Kojo Bonsu, for his efforts to bring change in which ever capacity he finds himself.
President Mahama, also used the occasion to speak on the new central market at Kejetia. There have been a lot of controversy regarding the reconstruction of the market as most traders resisted for fear of losing their stalls and spaces when the project is completed.
President Mahama, noted that the new market at a cost of more than two hundred million dollars will be the biggest in West Africa. He called for calm heads for the landmark project to start
An eleven member board chaired by the Wife of the Asantehene Lady Julia Osei Tutu, has been set up to see to the effective and efficient management of the recreational park.