The Coastal Development Authority (CODA) has held a sod cutting ceremony for the redevelopment of the Kawukudi Park in the Ayawaso East Municipality into a FIFA standard multipurpose pitch.
Lawyer Jerry Ahmed Shaib, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Coastal Development Authority (CODA) at the ceremony indicated that the project, which is being funded by the US$1million for one constituency programme through the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) under the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives (MSDI), will be completed in six months.
According to him, the project is seeing the light of day after several community engagements and consultations with the Zongo Chiefs and people of the Ayawaso East municipality, requested for the redevelopment of the park into a multipurpose pitch with facilities like artificial grass, changing rooms, flood lights, fencing, seats and others to help in the development of football talents among the youth. He said this project is in fulfillment of the President’s promise of ensuring that development is brought to the doorstep of the people.
The pitch will not be used only for playing of football but also for other social events such as durbars, funerals and other activities when necessary. He used the opportunity to thank the Zongo chiefs and youths for their support and acceptance towards the project, adding that after completion would be managed and maintained by the municipal assembly since there would be the need for payment of utilities on the facility.
He further assured the Chiefs and people that the contractor has been asked not to bring any artisans from anywhere apart from the Ayawaso East Constituency to work on the project but rather make sure that the youth from the community are employed in other to enable them earn something for themselves.
The president of the Sports Development Committee of East and North Ayawaso areas, Sultan Ahmed Nii Nortey Caesar thanked the President, Nana Akufo-Addo for bringing such a project to their community.
According to him they have waited too long for such an initiative and are excited for the intervention by the current government. He appealed to the chiefs and people of the Ayawaso East Constituency to support the Contractor to enable a successful completion of the project.
Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Ayawaso East Municipal Assembly, Hajia Salma Mohammed Sanni Adam Kuta thanked the CEO of CODA for responding swiftly to their request.
She encouraged the people of Ayawaso East to also ensure they give their maximum support to the contractors to enable them finish the project on time.
The contractor of the project, Blaze Investment Limited was introduced to the chiefs and people and he assured them that even though the project is supposed to be completed in six months period, they will ensure that it is completed in three (3) months to enable the community use the facility as early as possible.