The Coastal Development Authority (CODA) on Friday 11th September, 2020 cut sod for the construction of a 24-Unit Lockable Stores, 2 Open Sheds and Drains with Culvert at the Asebu Market in the Central Region.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese District Assembly, Honourable Felicia Aba Hagan in her welcome address expressed her sincere thanks to the Chiefs and people of Asebu traditional area for their enormous support. She explained that for many years the market has been the biggest among all traditional areas around and is the major place where foodstuffs and other farm produce are brought for sale.
According to her the market upon completion will serve many communities and also bring development and business opportunities to the community. She thanked President Nana Addo and the CEO of CODA, Lawyer Jerry Ahmed Shaib for ensuring that their community is benefiting immensely from the one million one dollar per constituency programme.
The CEO of CODA, Lawyer Jerry Ahmed Shaib in his address said that the project is being funded by CODA through the one million dollars per constituency programme under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) under the Ministry for Special Development Initiatives (MSDI) in fulfillment of the President’s promise in 2016.
He further said that the sod cutting is not only for the construction of market sheds but also includes the construction of 24 lockable stores and drains with culverts to help solve the problem of flooding at the market anytime it rains. He explained that the market upon completion would be given first to the market women who were originally selling there and not be given any other person unless everyone has been sorted out first.
According to the CEO, the President is a man of his words who is known for keeping his promises. He made it clear that in addition to the Asebu market project, there are several completed projects and ongoing IPEP-funded projects in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese constituency as well. He mentioned some of the projects as five (5) water systems, five (5) toilet systems, CHPS Compound at Asebu Ekroful and drains at Asebu Zongo, 3-Unit Classroom block at Ohiaba, 3-Unit Classroom block at Mpredwo, drains at New Ebu, 3-Unit Classroom block at Aponapondo Kwamankese, Children’s ward at Abura Dunkwa Hospital, 3-Unit Classroom block at Akokorkrono. Others are CHPS Compound at Brafoyaw, Community Library at Amosima, Durbar Grounds at Edumfa, Afrangua and Nyamedom.
He implored the Chiefs to remember to pray for the President to enable him bring more development to their doorstep. He assured that all artisans that would be needed for the projects would be recruited from their community. He also promised that CODA will consider construction of a taxi station and shed to provide shelter and decent environment for drivers to ply their trade in.
The Deputy Central Regional Minister, Honourable Thomas Adjei Baafour in his address assured the Chiefs and people that the President will continue to fulfill his promises so long as they continue to support him. He told the gathering that out of the landing beaches being constructed by the current government, seven (7) of them are in the Central Region and Moree which is in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese district is also a beneficiary. He further appealed for the maximum support from the Chiefs and people to enable the smooth completion of the project. He also advised that the people should ensure that they maintain the market well upon its completion.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese constituency, Honourable Elvis Moris Donkoh in his address expressed his happiness for having this market constructed for the people. He assured the people that the project would commence and complete successfully because the President always ensures that he keeps to all his promises. He further explained a lot of projects that have been completed by the current government.
He mentioned several social interventions like the school feeding programme that has been expanded under this government. He also mentioned community that have been connected to the water systems and are enjoying good water for the first time. He used the opportunity to introduce the contractor of the project, M/S Elink Global Ltd. to the people and promised that the duration of the project is eight (8) months but will ensure that it is completed as early as possible. The contractor promised that he will commence the project on Monday 14th September, 2020 and complete in eight (8) months.
Nana Amoah VIII, Chief of Amosima and an Appeals Court Judge in his closing remarks appealed to all politicians to ensure that the 2020 election is free of violence and insults. He also expressed their support for the government for the good works they are doing and prayed that more projects be brought into their community. He advised the youth that when they get the opportunity to work with contractor they should ensure that they work diligently so that the project will go on successfully without any hindrance. He also appealed to the contractor to make sure that he completes the project as early as possible to enable the market women use the facility.
Present at the sod cutting ceremony were Mr. Kingsley Karikari-Bondzi, Deputy CEO for CODA in charge of Greater Accra Region, Nana Obrempon Nimo Brom IV (Chief of Asebu Amantsindo), Nana Amansema Kese (Obaahema of Asebu Asebu Amantsindo), Nana Andzi Bofo IX (Chief of Asebu Ekroful), Nana Kyei V (Chief of Asebu Apewosika), Nana Owiredu Apreko I (Dabiahen), Nana Bentsin VI (Chief of Asebu Old Ebu), and Nana Amoah VIII (Chief of Amosima).