From Francis Owusu-Ansah, Sunyani
The Bono Regional capital, Sunyani, has been selected to benefit from a World Bank facility that would invest US$1.8 million to facelift the city by improving on its lighting systems and other social amenities.
The World Bank support would see the ‘Suncity’ turning into a modern city of international standards to enable the residents to experience an invigorated night life,
The Sunyani Municipal Works Engineer, Mr Daniel Ofori, who announced this, said the Municipality is fortunate to be part of the World Bank Secondary City Project, which commences in September this year.
Mr Ofori said the Assembly would remove old concrete light poles hoisted on the principal streets of the city, and replace them with galvanised double armed ones.
He added that 113,000 LED bulbs would be fixed on the light poles to brighten up the city at night.
Mr Ofori said the project would demolish structures placed within the 2.5-metre stretch of the streets, and advised traders and businesses whose structures are located within the range to relocate before the project starts.
The Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive, Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, said only 25 assemblies in the country had been selected to benefit from the project, and called on residents in the municipality to cooperate with the contractors.
She added that the assembly had procured 1,000 40-litre capacity waste containers to be distributed to improve on the sanitation situation in the municipality.
Madam Owusu-Banahene said her outfit had already distributed and placed 320 of the containers at vantage points for waste collection.
In 2007, Sunyani was voted the cleanest city in Ghana by the Ghana Tourist Board.
A citation which accompanied the award prize and a plaque said: “This cleanliness and freshness of the sights and sounds of this city makes it the toast of many a visitor to the Brong-Ahafo Region.”
However, years down the line, the residents have been lamenting over the once beautiful city which is gradually losing its title to darkness, weak drainage systems, poor traffic and sanitation management.
The World Bank facility has, therefore, brought hope to many people in capital that soon they would experience an invigorated night life.