Work is progressing steadily on six major projects being executed by the Shama District Assembly, in the Western Region to improve the lives of the people.
The projects estimated at GH¢ 1.3 billion, comprise the upgrading of the Beposo Market at a cost of GH¢150,163.38; a Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound at Atwereboanda valued at GH¢199,012.64; a market, culvert and lorry park at Lower Inchaban, estimated at a cost of GH¢344,741.35; a three, unit K.G. classroom block at Shama at GH¢ 237,143.77; a pavement at the Shama Lorry Station, estimated at GH¢ 151,109.70; and the District Assembly Block annex valued at GH¢234,943.78.
Mr. Eric Cobbina, the District Chief Executive for Shama, disclosed this when he visited the sites of the six projects to assess the progress of work.
He said the projects, some of which were about 70 per cent complete, were being funded through the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) and District Development Fund (DDF) and expected to be completed within nine months.
Mr. Cobbina said to meet its target, the assembly had intensified the monitoring and evaluation of all on-going projects to ensure that they are completed on schedule.
He said the assembly’s vision was to complete all the on-going development projects dotted across the district to enhance the development and growth.
The DCE expressed satisfaction with the progress of work, and thanked the chiefs for providing land for the various projects.
He said funds were available for the completion of all the projects, and tasked the contractors to endeavour to complete the projects on schedule.
Mr. Cobbina pointed out that the completion of the Beposo Market would help increase the revenue base of the assembly since the market was the largest and most patronised in the district, on the other hand, the completion of the CHPS Compound at Atwereboanda would save the people of Atwereboanda and Bobokokpe from walking long distances to access health care.
Nana Akosua Afransie II, chief of Lower Inchaban, thanked the assembly for the market projects in the area, and appealed that the completed stall should be allocated first to local traders.
She also urged the contractor for the project to utilise local content by involving the youth in the construction works to help create jobs for the unemployed in the area.