The Ashanti Regional Chapter of Founding Fathers, Patrons and Council of Elders of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has appealed to residents of Kumasi to support efforts at transforming the city into a modern one.
Mr Kofi Obiri Yeboah, the Regional Chairman said all stakeholders, especially traders, vendors, hawkers and visitors had to play their part to ensure that Kumasi regained its envious status as the 'garden city' of West Africa.
Addressing a press conference in Kumasi, Mr. Yeboah pointed out that despite efforts by the Regional Minister, Mr. Simon Osei Mensah and the Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi, to keep the city clean, some residents still disposed of refuse indiscriminately and lived in filth.
He said it was time all well-meaning residents rallied behind the Mayor to ensure discipline and sanity in the city, especially at the new Kejetia Market and the surrounding business hub.
Mr. Yeboah stressed the need for the existing bye-laws on sanitation to be enforced to stop hawkers from trying to sell their wares on the pavements of the new market.
"It is only when traders found at the central business District adhered to proper sanitation and healthy lifestyles, that there would be progress in the 'clean and green Kumasi' agenda", he added.
Mr Yeboah also appealed to residents to rekindle their communal spirit and embark on voluntary cleaning up exercises to clear silt from choked gutters as well as weed bushy and swampy areas, to help keep the city clean.
Garbage bins placed at vantage points must also be emptied on time when they became full.
Mr. Yeboah recommended that the on-going tree-planting exercise be intensified and replicated in all the suburbs in Kumasi.