The Bono Regional Minister, Hon. Evelyn Ama Kumi-Richardson has cut the sod for the commencement for work to commence on the first phase of construction, under the Ghana’s Secondary City Support Project in the region.
The US$100 million World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) credit project is part of the government’s broader urban development and decentralisation projects in the beneficiary municipalities.
The sod cutting ceremony which took place on Friday, will help to strengthen local systems and provide the needed support to the Municipal Assemblies for effective urban management and service delivery.
Three Municipalities in the Bono region, Sunyani, Berekum and Dormaa Central, were selected among 25 municipalities across the country to benefit from the five-year project.
The first phase of the programme within the Municipalities will also ensure proper electricity and lightening systems and other facilities.
Speaking at a separate durbar in Sunyani, Berekum and Dormaa-Ahenkro amidst social distancing, Mrs. Kumi-Richardson explained contracts had already been awarded and the government expected the people to cooperate with the contractors to enable them to complete the projects within the nine-month stipulated period.
Under the first phase of the project, she explained modern streetlights, pedestrian walkways and slabbing drains would be constructed at the cost of over GH¢8 million in the Sunyani Municipality, while an ultra-modern transport terminal would also be constructed at Dormaa-Ahenkro in the Dormaa Central Municipality at the cost of more than Gh¢3.8 million.
The Berekum Municipality would also benefit from the implementation of a number of development projects, including; 20-units stalls, police post, two passenger waiting areas, toll booth and ticketing room, paving of 8,200 metre-square lorry park and a shed.
Other projects included; supply and installation of galvanized street light poles fitted with 150 watts led lamps, construction of a health post, fire post and washrooms costing GH¢7.52 million.
Mrs. Kumi-Richardson cautioned the contractors against shoddy works and advised the Assemblies to monitor the projects and support the contractors to execute excellent works.
Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, Mr. Drissa Ouatara and Mr. Kofi Adjei, the Sunyani, Dormaa Central and Berekum Municipal Chief Executives respectively were happy about the projects, which they noted would add on to the many projects being executed by the government and pledged to be in regular touch with the contractors to facilitate speedy execution of the projects.