Management of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly led Mayor Sule Salifu, through the Gulf of Guinea Northern Regions Social Cohesion (SOCO) Projects, has cut sod for the construction of an artificial grass pitch for the Zogbeli cluster of schools.
Popularly known as an astro-turf pitch, the 100 x 60cm facility when completed will have several floodlights and other auxiliary facilities.
The facility will also have a chain-link fence around the four perimeters of the modern standard pitch whose construction would start in the coming weeks’.
Speaking during the ground-breaking ceremony, the Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive, Honorable Sule Salifu, said the facility when completed will serve the people of Zogbeli and its surrounding communities.
He indicated that, “I want to say it on authority that, since 1992 no government has ever put up such a project in the Zogbeli community. This project alone is taking three million (GHC 3 million) out of the GHC 4.7 million. This is the type of investment the Akuffu Addo government is bringing to Zogbeli.”
He thus encourage the residents of Zogbeli to own the project. “I think that the Zogbeli people must take this project as their project. We never select this project for the people of Zogbeli. That was their concern and we had to relay the message to his excellency the President and thankfully, the President included Zogbeli in his menu and that is why today Zogbeli is going to benefit from this SOCO money by way of getting this astroturf put up”, he added.
“The project is a three-year project. This is just the first year. I want to assure the general public especially people within the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly to be very patient with this government. This government will not let us down. The good things have started coming and I want to say that we will distribute it evenly to every community so that they will have a feel of the Akofu Addo government”, he said.
Mayor Sule Salifu in his short remarks, urged the contractor to stick to the timelines agreed for the project.
Meanwhile, the Mayor of Tamale has revealed that the assembly under SOCO project had taken delivery of several items including motor bikes, laptops and had since handed it over to the facilitators of the project.
The SOCO project is a five-year developmental initiative undertaken in 48 districts across six regions by the government of Ghana with a $150 million credit facility secured from the World Bank.
Story By: Alhassan Yakubu |www.diamondfmonline.com|Ghana.