The new Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) for Kumasi, Mr Osei Assibey Antwi has rallied members of the assembly to join him as they tap into the vision of the president to make Kumasi a preferred choice for business and trade.
Addressing members of the assembly and invited personalities after his confirmation as MCE for the KMA last week Friday in Kumasi, Mr Assibey maintained his determination to prosecute the agenda of change by the president.
According to him, the metropolis lacked the kind of investments that existed previously and stressed his commitment to creating the avenue for same during his tenure.
The MCE noted many indigenes had relocated to the capital city in search of jobs due to the unavailability of same in the Kumasi Metropolis.
Previously, Mr Assibey recalled the Kumasi metropolis had in existence many State and multi-national companies such as the Accra Brewery Limited and Saawood Timber and Logs Company Limited that employed most of the indigenes.
Sadly, he noted same cannot be said about the Metropolis now because most of the multi-national companies had relocated their businesses to the capital city of the country.
Other state companies, the MCE bemoaned had become defunct due to the bad nature of the local managers and workers.
He, however, promised to ensure the Metropolis works again, adding the time had come for the change of attitude so as to attract the needed investments for the area which was commonly referred to as the Garden City of West Africa.
The MCE noted his desire to tackle joblessness, insanitary conditions, indiscipline and underdevelopment.
He promised the use of diplomacy in harnessing the human and natural resource potential of the metropolis so as to reap the benefits of development and job creation.
Mr Osei-Assibey stressed his commitment to operating an open door policy where criticisms and suggestions would be welcomed by his office.
This, he said was the best way to making residents feel part of the vision of transforming the metropolis into a purely business and trading avenue.
While commending the Overlord of Asanteman, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for his support, Mr Assibey pledged to seek for advice from former MCE’s of the metropolis as well as opinion leaders so as to enable him govern properly.