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Regional News of Tuesday, 6 January 2004

Source: GNA

Measures to ease traffic congestion in Koforidua underway

Koforidua, Jan. 6, GNA - The New Juaben Municipal Assembly is to rehabilitate some roads in Koforidua and provide walkways and bus stops along the main streets in the town to help ease traffic congestion. The assembly has also appealed to the Department of Urban Roads to tar the Kasardjan by-pass to divert motor traffic off the town to reduce vehicular movement in the central business part of the metropolis. New Juaben Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Nana Kwasi Adjei-Boateng, announced these plans at a party for media personnel in Koforidua on Monday.

He said the assembly would persuade people to put up storey buildings in Nyamekrom because of scarcity of land in the area. Nana Adjei-Boateng said the assembly was encouraging cattle owners to relocate their ranches outside the municipality, since demand for land for other economic activities there was high. The MCE commended the media personnel for their criticisms, which according to him helped the assembly to reconsider its policies to meet the wishes aspirations of the people.

Nana Adjei-Boateng asked the journalists to praise the assembly whenever it made achievements and urged them to educate the people on the significance of the District Mutual Health Insurance Scheme.

Mr Emmanuel Safo of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, called on the assembly to regularly interact with media personnel to enable them to get the necessary information for their work.

Mr Tom Brentuo, Eastern Regional Chairman of the Ghana Journalists Association, said the media might be more critical of the government, this year being an election period.

He, therefore, advised authorities in the municipality to divulge information to journalists so that they could provide accurate and balanced report.