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Asantehene leads project to restore Kumasi to ‘Garden City’ status

In the early 1960s, Queen Elizabeth II, on her visit to Kumasi, one of the oldest existing cities in sub-Saharan Africa, described it as the ‘Garden City of West Africa’.

The accolade was apt for the traditional city, which reportedly was adorned in rich fauna and flora, some of the species rarely seen in the Region.

The plentiful diverse tree species lined some principal streets, including that of Bantama, Ahodwo, Amakom, Ash-Town, K.O. and Nhyiaeso. A sight to behold, they provided the good ecosystem with the city enjoyed in those years.

According to environmental scientists, the

thriving ecology and biodiversity included clean water bodies, which run through Ghana’s second-largest city.

Asantehene leads project to restore Kumasi to ‘Garden City’ status

They included ‘Subin’, ‘Dichem’, ‘Kwada’, ‘Susan’, ‘Wewe’, amongst others. These unpolluted rivers and streams, they said, sustained aquatic life generally.

“Kumasi could boast of one of the best climatic conditions on the African continent and this environment also promoted eco-tourism,” the Mayor, Mr Osei Assibey-Antwi, tells the Ghana News Agency (GNA).

The Mayor, who has since assumption of office, introduced some novelty environmental programmes such as ‘Keep Kumasi Clean and Green (KKCG)’, has blamed urbanization, infrastructural development, the lukewarm attitude of some residents towards environmental issues, among other factors, for the deteriorating ecosystem.

“We need all hands on board to make up for what has been lost over the years,” he rallies.

In recent times, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has been echoing the importance of environmental preservation as he leads efforts to restore to Kumasi its status as the ‘Garden City of West Africa’.

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