The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. John Kwao Sackey, has cut the sod for the commencement of the construction of culverts to link the Abokobi side of the municipality to Kwabenya and others.
For many years, residents of Pure Water, a suburb of the Ga East Municipality which lies between Ashongman (Old) and Ashongman Estate, together with commuters who ply that route from Abokobi end of the municipality to Kwabenya, have had to grapple with the daily dust and ruggedness characterized with this stretch.
A worrying situation with this stretch of road is the long broken culvert at Pure Water which used to connect water streaming from the Hills to join the Onyase River.
But this situation is set to be consigned to history with the award of contract for the construction of a main box culvert and ancillaries.
Funded by the Social Investment Fund (SIF) through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), the project is expected to pave way for the construction of one of the critical roads in the municipality.
The Pure Water project is among numerous projects being funded by the SIF in the municipality.
These include the construction of a Clinic at Boi, Maternity Clinic at Kwabenya and Nurses’ Quarters at Abokobi as well as 1No. Six-Unit Classroom Block with ancillaries for the Papao Basic School and Teachers’ Quarters at Abokobi and Adenkrebi, all of which have already been awarded for construction.
Cutting the sod for the commencement of the construction of the Pure Water culverts, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. John Kwao Sackey, underlined the importance of the project.
“The link from the Abokobi side to Kwabenya side is shorter through this side (road) so we are working on this road to improve it”
The MCE said the environmental impact assessment has been duly done to ensure that the project does not stifle movements and bring untoward hardship on the people.
“What we are doing is to support the contractor to sensitize residents and commuters about the project because there will be a little inconvenience so you have to bear with us and cooperate”.
The Municipal Director of the Department of Urban Roads, Mr. Eric Amoah, said his outfit is providing the contractor the needed support to ensure quality and expeditious work.
Mr. Frank Jordan, Head of Projects at Cedar Seal Construction limited, the project contractor, said the project will be completed within the stipulated two (2) months and appealed for the cooperation of the residents and all stakeholders.
Gracing the sod-cutting ceremony were the Presiding Member (PM), Hon. Nii Annang Ofori, Municipal Engineer, Mr. Justin Glover, Municipal Budget Officer, Torgbui Tali Gafatsi III, Assembly Members for Agbogba and Atomic Electoral Areas, Hon. Dennis Mensah Sowah and Hon. Cornelius Addo respectively and their Unit Committee Members.
Others included the Acting Municipal Planning Officer, Mr. Alex Amoah, Acting Deputy Director, Mr. Laud Binka, Assistant Planning Officer, Mrs. Vivian Mensah, NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Dome-Kwabenya Constituency, Mr. Nurudeen Mohammed, as well as representatives of Residents’ Associations and Council of Churches in the area.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman