Business News of 2013-12-14

$25m fabricating factory for Tema

A Japanese company, Toyota Housing Corporation, is to construct a $25-million fabricating factory in Tema which will form the basis for the construction of the 200 senior high schools announced by the government.

Currently, a team of technical experts is in the country to conduct feasibility study of local materials available, their specification and pricing.

That came to light when members of the team called on their Ghanaian counterparts, Ghana Japan Oil (GJO), in Accra last Wednesday.

Japanese technical experts

The study is the third in a series of visits to Ghana by the Japanese technical experts on behalf of Ghana Japan Oil’s interest in the construction of several significant infrastructural projects in the country. Briefing journalists, the Managing Director of Ghana Japan Oil, Mr Leslie Tamakloe, said the team would visit several Ghanaian construction/building material factories, fabricators and suppliers of cement, steel, and concrete blocks among others.

Construction of schools under trees

He said the team would also visit a couple of basic schools, particularly “schools under trees”, and community senior high schools in the sub-urban areas of Accra.

“The visit will inform the conclusion of GJO’s infrastructural development proposals to the government for the delivery of very high quality, modern, internationally rated infrastructure initially for primary and high schools for the renaissance of the country’s development,” he said.

Training of local technicians

Mr Tamakloe announced the training of a new breed of building technicians and engineers in collaboration with several polytechnics in the country and Japan and also support the training of selected local Ghanaian contractors who had the skill in the use of rapid construction technologies.

The technology, he noted, would see the construction time per school decrease to a couple of months, fully equipped and turnkey.

Fully equipped schools

“Each school is proposed to have the full complement of fully equipped science and computer laboratories, vocational training centre, canteen, library, dispensary and multipurpose auditorium, with full accommodation for teachers as flats and bungalows for heads of institution,” Mr Tamakloe said.

Due diligence

The Manager Planning Group, Special Project Division of Toyota Housing Corporation, Mr Shinji Tajima, who led the Japanese, gave the assurance that due diligence would be done to ensure that quality work was delivered.