Mayor tours businesses in Kumasi Metropolis
The Mayor of Kumasi, Osei Assibey Antwi, last Friday, paid a working visit to selected businesses within the Kumasi Metropolitan Area to ascertain the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on their operations.
His visit took him to Melcom Group, dealers in assorted household items, Silver Star Auto Limited, dealers in Mercedes Benz vehicles, Stoda-Stallion Ghana Limited, dealers in Peugeot, and Toyota Ghana Company Limited.
The Mayor, who was accompanied by the Metro Coordinating Director and his Deputy, the Revenue Head, the Convener for Trade and Industry, and Dr. Ernest Kwarko, Medical Consultant to the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) on COVID-19 Management, shared his rich business ideas with the management of the said firms in order to stay in business despite the pandemic.
He advised the companies to officially write to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) for special tax waivers to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on their businesses.
“You must also endeavour to pay your taxes promptly to the GRA and KMA to build a resilient economy that would economically empower the people to patronise your products,” Mr. Osei-Assibey encouraged the companies.
He also underlined the need for the companies to invest in the provision of adequate security for both workers and clients at all times.
The KMA Chief Executive also counseled the companies to collaborate with institutions such as the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) to market the products on their premises to maximise profits.
Representatives of all the companies visited by the Mayor enumerated how the pandemic had adversely impacted their sales.
Mr. George Davis, Operations Manager at Melcom, however, disclosed that the company adopted an innovative strategy to rotate its staff without laying off any of their workers in the face of the pandemic.
He further stated that the company paid the full salaries of its workforce, and had since the outbreak of the COVID-19 maintained high standards of safety for both workers and customers.
Mr. Enoch Nartey of Silver Star Motors said sales had been badly affected by the pandemic, making it extremely difficult to pay the salaries of workers for some time.
Officials of Stonda-Stallions also expressed similar sentiments.
Mr. Akuamoah Boateng also spoke about the measures put in place by the KMA regarding the issuance of cards for traders to rotate to cut down on the crowd in markets, as well as the fumigation of public places to reduce the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, the KMA boss has also signed a Sister-City relationship agreement between Kumasi and the city of Dortmund in Germany at a virtual ceremony.
The agreement seeks to bring about technology transfer, economic partnership and environmental conservation to mitigate the impact of global warming, which has become a worrying phenomenon for mankind.
The signing ceremony was done virtually last week Wednesday.
Lord Mayor Ullrich Sierau of the City of Dortmund, who leaves office in November this year, was happy to have resurrected the hitherto frozen relationship between the two important cities for about 40 years.
Supporting the Mayor for the signing were the Metropolitan Coordinating Director, Mr. Kwadwo Akuamoah Boateng, Metro Director of Planning, Mr. Agyemang, with Joshua Tetteh Nortey as the lead facilitator.