By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman
The Ga East Municipal Assembly has cut sod for the commencement of 3 number development projects for Abokobi and surrounding communities. The move is part of a planned programme to give the municipal capital a facelift.
The projects, estimated at GH₵1,188,664.00, are funded through the Assembly’s share of the Urban Development Grant (UDG) and the District Development Fund (DDF). The projects are the construction of a maternity/children’s ward, a single-storey police station, a modern market both in Abokobi and the tarring of the Abokobi-Sesemi and Akporman-Boi roads.
The funds for the projects were secured through performance-based assessment criteria by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and meant to improve the living conditions of people in beneficiary districts.
Funding for the construction of the maternity/children’s ward for the Abokobi Health Centre, estimated at Three Hundred and Seventy Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH₵370,000.00) is through the UDG with the remaining projects through the DDF.
Cutting the sod jointly for the projects to commence, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. John Kwao Sackey said “It is a great day for us because it is something we have been planning for a long time and today we see it beginning.”
The MCE noted that the contractor had been given six (6) months to complete the project and urged the elders and residents of the communities to pay regular visits to the construction sites to motivate the workers and observe the progress of work.
He also asked the residents not to hesitate to report to the Assembly of any situation that needed the attention of management to help put the contractor in check and “ensure that the contractor does a good job,” he added.
Mr Sackey thanked the Police Administration for elevating the yet-to-be constructed police station to a district status and appealed to the community members to “volunteer accommodation for the personnel who will be posted here to enable them function properly while we as the Assembly also take steps to construct a residential facility for them.”
He also announced that construction work of a culvert at Mamana to link Abokobi and Boi and the Akporman-Boi road to facilitate easy access into the communities would commence soon.
The Municipal Director of Health, Dr. Julius Dadebo, was delighted about the initiative and appealed to the MCE to facilitate the upgrading of the facility to a polyclinic. He called on the Assembly and other stakeholders to expedite action on the proposed district hospital to be located on the site earmarked on the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission’s land.
The Madina Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Natogmah Aggrey Yakubu, on his part, disclosed that when the police station becomes operational, the Ayi Mensah and Agbogba police stations would be under its jurisdiction.
He assured the people of Police command’s resolve to maintain law and order in the municipality. He also advised to the public to be quick in accessing their hotline whenever necessary.
The Abokobi Mantse, Nii Samuel Adjetey Mohenu, on behalf of his people thanked the Assembly for their initiative. He also made an appeal for the construction of a one way access route through the Abokobi township to ease traffic and improve accessibility of the town.
He also appealed to the police command to help curb the landguard menace which was fast threatening the peace and security of the people in the area.
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