Parliamentary Select Committee on Youth and Sports on Monday, 16 July, 2018 inspected on-going renovation works at the Accra Sports Stadium ahead of the hosting of the Africa Nations Women tournament.
Members of the committee led by its Chairman, Mr Alex Kofi Agyekum, was met on arrival by the acting Director of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Mr A. Majeed.
Addressing the gathering, the acting director of NSA explained that contractors working on the various parts of the stadium were on course to deliver before the deadline.
“Mr Chairman, the renovation is in three folds: re-grassing of the pitch, renovation of the dressing and washrooms and the stands.
“There is going to be replacement of rusting metals, re-roofing, replacement of broken seats at the VIP and the media stands,” Mr Majeed added.
Mr Frank Boahene of Green Grass Technology, the contractor, working on the pitch, told the committee work on the pitch was progressing steadily.
According to him, due to the short time limit, his company had employed more hands and equipment to speed up work in order to meet the Confederation of African Football (CAF) criteria.
“Mr Chairman, I will like to assure you that the pitch will be ready before the CAF inspection team will arrive in the country.”
For his part, the consultant to the project, Mr Robert Abugri, informed members of the select committee that things were working according to plan.
Mr Abugri hinted that the scoreboard which has been out of use for a couple of years would be fixed and also a decision would be taken by close of this week as to whether to replace the floodlights with led-bulbs or the normal bulbs which consumption of energy are very high.
The chairman of the committee in his remakes said they were satisfied with the progress of work.
He maintained that his committee will tour the other sporting facilities earmarked for the AFCON.
Mr Agyekum, however, pledged the committee’s support to the NSA and the sports ministry in all they were doing to ensure that Ghana host a successful tournament.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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