Gas station thwarts government project

Omani Boamah Minister of Communications (1)The Business Processing Outsoursing (BPO) project by the Ministry of Communications is being thwarted by the refusal of a gas filling station owner to relocate.

According Kuma Osei-Bonsu, Chief Consultant of the project, the owner of the station was adamant about relocating that he had a two-year leased contract project to take off, with management of PWD which was yet to elapse.

He said besides the gas station owner’s refusal to relocate for work on the 8.6 million, dollar other tenants occupying various offices of a building designated for administrative block of the project were still occupying the building.

This came to light on Wednesday when Dr. Edward Omane Boamah paid a working visit to Ghana Data Centre, Josanti Training Centre, for The e-gate project, the new National Communication Authority building and the BPO Centre all in Accra.

The BPO project involved the refurbishment of 12 warehouses at the PWD site at North Industrial Area which was about 70 per cent complete into a real estate infrastructure.

The centre, when completed, would lease out spaces for businesses in Information Technology (IT) training and services by providing a state-of-the-art telecommunication access including a link to multiple redundant international Fiber optic cable networks.

He said the matters had been put before the law courts and hoped that it would be resolved for work to progress without further hinderance.

Responding to the issues raised, Dr. Boamah said he was optimistic that the matter would be resolved by April 2015 when the project was expected to be inaugurated

He said on taking off the project was expected to generate about 10,000 employments in both direct and indirect job intakes.

Dr. Boamah said the centre would help train the youth in ICT based knowledge for both the Ghanaian and international markets.

The minister said the e-gates project, was part of the e-immigration solution at the Kotoka International Airport (RIA) which would fix a set of 10 e-gates at both exit and entry points.

He said the e-gates were aimed at speeding up processing of documents passengers especially, at the entry point.

Dr. Boamah said the project would also provide a case management system for permit processing and improve the quality of service being offered by the Ghana Immigration Service.

He said the e-gate would be installed as part of the on-going refurbishment of at KIA since adequate space haD been allocated for installations.

By Lawrence Markwei

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