Her Ladyship the Chief Justice, Mrs. Justice Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo, has cut sod to commence the construction of a Multi-Functional Facility Complex for the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) at Sesemi near Abokobi in the Ga East Municipality.
The Multi-Functional Facility Complex, fully funded and owned by the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) and estimated to cost between 18 to 19 million dollars from start to finish of the construction, comprises Offices, a hotel and recreational facilities.
The project, designed to be environmentally and disability-friendly, was initiated over two decades ago along with arrangements for the acquisition of the land and is expected to be completed in three years from now.
The multi-functional facility is being constructed by Greencity Housing Project Limited and Wilkins Engineering with consultancy provided by Macdons Engineering Consult Limited.
When completed, it will among other things, cater for conferences, seminars and accommodate members of the Association when they travel to the nation’s capital for various duties as well as serve as an open facility to sister-associations, unions and the general public on hiring basis.
Speaking at the brief yet impressive colourful sod-cutting ceremony, Her Ladyship the Chief Justice, Mrs. Justice Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo, paid glowing tribute to the initiators of the project and underscored the need for the facility to be in place.
“I’m informed that, the idea of putting up such a facility was first mooted by the leadership of JUSAG, more than 20 years ago, and I commend the association for keeping the dream alive, to this day of sod-cutting. Particular mention must be made of the Founder and first General Secretary of JUSAG, Mr. Kwesi Gyan-Ainunson, the immediate past President of JUSAG, Alhaji Adia Abdul-Latif and the Chairman of the Interim Management Committee, Mr. Francis Brakwa, not leaving out the current President of JUSAG, Mr. Alex Nartey”, Her Ladyship elaborated.
She charged the Association to extend the facility to all the Regions to enhance decentralization of the Service and promised to offer advices and reasonable support for the growth of the Association.
“While commending JUSAG for this effort, I will encourage you to have this replicated on a smaller basis in the region so as to decentralize your core activities and ensure active participation for all members.”
Justice Sophia Akuffo also charged the contractor to work within schedule and specifications and ensure that the best quality work is produced.
“I admonish the contractor, Greencity Housing Project Limited, to do well to complete the construction, strictly according to the specifications and within the scheduled three-year period so that there will be no disappointment and particularly there will be no unnecessary cost override. We’ve already been given assurances to that effect and taking into account that those assurances were made in my presence, I will hold you to it”, the Chief Justice intimated.
The President of JUSAG, Mr. Alex Nartey, attributed the realization of the initiative to construct an unprecedented edifice for the Association to the collective contributions of successive leadership of the Association and commitment of its members.
“Everything rest on leadership. The world is full of resources, if there is leadership, these resources will be put to good use. This current leadership (of the Association) is only following up on the blueprint and adding value to the investments our forebears have done”.
Responding to the call by the Chief Justice for extension of the facility to the Regions in a Press interview, Mr. Alex Nartey disclosed that “we had already embarked upon such a national massive infrastructural development for our Association and what you see being commenced today is just a component of the national infrastructural development that the we have embarked upon”.
He expressed profound gratitude to Her Ladyship the Chief Justice for her support and thanked the landlords for releasing the land to them on time.
The Chief Executive Officer of Greencity Housing Project Limited, Mr. Boaz E. Boa Amponsem, said all the pre-constructional works had been completed and assured the Chief Justice and the Association the actual construction of the JUSAG facility will commence soon after the sod-cutting.
He assured of speedy but quality work and completion within the stipulated period.
Mr. Frederick Tettey, Head of the Nii Awuley Nfeni Family of Osu Alata, thanked the Association for their prompt action to come for the land and start the project and indicated their happiness and association with the facility.
The Chief of Sesemi, Nii Anum Momlin II, expressed his delight to have the facility in his community and stated that it will open up the area boost local economic activities.
Her Ladyship the Chief Justice, Mrs. Justice Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo, designated His Lordship Alex Poku Acheampong, the Judicial Secretary, to cut the sod for the commencement of the project.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, who had traveled outside her jurisdiction for another state function was represented by the Presiding Member, Hon. Jesse Nii Noi Anum, accompanied by the Assembly Member for Abokobi, Hon. Moses Ola Dowuona, Municipal Works Engineer, Mr. Peter Bah-Lano and Head of Client Service Unit/Public Relations Officer, Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman.
The facility is expected to open up the Municipal Capital, Abokobi, and surrounding communities to investors and tourists as the enclave is known to be the tourism hub of the municipality with its greenery, hilly and cozy environment added attractions to woo them.
About 200 meters from the facility is the Frederiksgave Slave Plantation (Museum) at Sesemi, so are the capital, Abokobi popularly referred to as “The Vatican City” and the Municipal Office, about 400 and 600 metres respectively away.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman