Business News of 2014-04-14

Gov’t will bridge infrastructure gap - Kojo Bonsu

The Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Kojo Bonsu, has stated that since infrastructure plays a crucial role in the development of every nation, the government will continue to provide the needed infrastructure for the nation.

He explained that the government was doing everything possible to ensure that an enabling environment would be created to support the nation’s development agenda.

Mr Bonsu said this when he inspected some development projects undertaken by the assembly in the Kumasi metropolis.

He inspected a new community clinic at Nwamase, a police station at Atwima-Tachiman, a 4.5 kilometre link road at Attafoah and a new market project at Kronum.

The inspection was aimed at ascertaining the state of affairs at the project sites to help the assembly take the appropriate decision on them.

The Nwamase Community Clinic and a doctor’s bungalow funded through the Urban Development Grant 1 (UDG) at a cost of GH¢319,825 have been completed and will soon be handed over to the Ghana Health Service.

The clinic would serve Nwamase and its surrounding communities such as Nzema , Kokodie, Nwamase and Agric, to save the people from travelling to Kwadaso or South Suntreso Government hospitals, which are far away.

The Atwima-Tachiman Police Station, funded through the District Development Fund (DDF) at GH¢218,962.44, has been completed but a borehole is to be constructed before it will be handed over to the Ghana Police Service.

The police station will serve Atwima-Boko, Ohwimase, Atwima-Tachiman and other communities whose members hitherto had to travel to the Sofoline or the Twedie police stations before they could have access to the police.

The mayor and his entourage also inspected the ongoing road works on the first phase of the 4.5 km link road from Attafoah to Aboahia (Ofinso main road). The first phase, which comprised earthworks, and construction of drains and bridges, has been completed.

The road, which cost GH¢2,293,353.49, was funded through the UDG 1. Funds are being sought for the second phase, which includes tarring.

Until the construction of the road, residents had to walk long distances before they could get vehicles since there were no roads in the area.

The last project inspected by the mayor and his entourage was the Kronum market project. It involves the rehabilitation of the dilapidated market facility into a modern market structure.

It has several hundreds of stalls, stores and sheds among other facilities, which are being managed under public-private partnership.

The Odikro of Attafoa, Nana Owusu Ansah II, commended the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly for the construction of the road in the area, as it would not only improve the lives of the people but would also enhance economic development of the area.