The Minister of Energy, John Peter Amewu, has broken ground for the construction of an artificial football pitch in Hohoe, Volta Region.
The facility is the 13th to be constructed by Wembley Sports Construction Company Limited (WSCCL), a Ghanaian-owned company specialised in the construction of artificial turfs popularly known as astro turfs.
The project—estimated to be completed within seven months—has a park size of 105 X 68 metres, and is expected to have floodlights, an over 2,500-seating capacity, a multi-purpose court, children’s playground and a special volleyball court together with wash and changing rooms.
At a short and brief sod-cutting ceremony in Hohoe on Friday, March 24, 2019, which saw many residents in the community defy the morning rain to witness the event, the energy minister said that by this demonstrable commitment, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has showed love for the people of Hohoe.
According to him, the Akufo-Addo administration was ‘very determined’ to develop this country which will trickle down to communities like Hohoe.
In that regard, Mr Amewu entreated residents and indigenes of Hohoe to contribute their quotas towards ensuring that Hohoe becomes prosperous.
He was confident that WSCCL—the contractor for the project—will do a quality job and also complete it within the seven-month stipulated time.
According to him, the facility when completed would help unearth talents within Hohoe and its satellite communities.
The Municipal Chief Executive Officer (MCE) of Hohoe, Andrew Teddy Ofori, commended the energy minister and by extension the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to resuscitate an abandoned project which when completed would inure to the benefits of the people of Hohoe.
He bemoaned the fact that Hohoe did not have a representation in the Ghana Premier League (GPL), explaining that this sports facility will help unearth and develop football talents in Hohoe.
“It is regrettable that this laudable project came to a standstill when the NPP exited office in 2008, however, “I must add that it is good that a timeline has been given for the completion of the project,” Mr Ofori said.
For his part, the General Manager, Wembley Sports Construction Company Limited, Nana Antwi, averred that his company stands for quality, and thus promised to deliver a top class facility as scheduled.
He disclosed that his outfit uses FIFA certified materials when executing its projects.
WSCCL, he continued, has almost become a household name in especially Zongo communities and some constituencies across the country following its construction of astro turfs.
“We have constructed artificial football pitches in places like Madina, Walewale, Ablekuma Central, Labadi among others,” Mr Antwi disclosed.
He, therefore, thanked the energy minister for his confidence in his company and assured him and the people of Hohoe of a quality work.
In attendance was the acting Paramount Chief of the area, sub-chiefs, the chief Imam, some well-respected opinion leaders and NPP chieftains.
Story & Pictures: Ato KEELSON, BACK FROM HOHOE, VOLTA REGION.