Barring any unforseen circumstances, the first phase of the Youth Resource Centre/Sports Stadium in Navrongo in the Upper East Region, will be completed and handed over for inspection by the September 2019.
The contractor, Amecben Construction Ltd has assured that it will do a standard work and still be within the stipulated time given by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
In January 2019, the Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah in an interview with A1Radio after he had visited the project site promised to ensure that the needs of the contractor are met so as to get the company work according to schedule.
On Thursday, August 1, when A1Radio/A1radioonline.com visited the project site workers were busily working on all sections of the stadium to ensure that all sections within the first phase are completed as scheduled.
Project Coordinator with Amecben Construction Ltd, Bukari Salifu told in an interview said the company will hand over a FIFA standard stadium by the time all phases of the project are completed. He was very confident that the company will meet the September deadline for the first phase.
The first phase will see the completion of structural works on the VIP stand and three other stands(A, B and C). Also included in the first phase is the athletics tracks area and a green grass field.
The second phase is where the contractor will be fixing of chairs and other fittings in all sections of the Youth Resource Center/Stadium.
There is also a third phase which is at the request of the Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah and Member of Parliament for Navrongo Central, Joseph Kofi Adda. This phase will see the building of structures for accommodation to be used for camping for clubs and other groups as well as individuals.
If this facility is completed and handed over for use, it will be the first FIFA Standard stadium in the Upper East Region since the commencement of football in the region.
Over the years coaches and some sports investors have expressed concern about the lack of facilities across the region and the effect it has had on the development of talents in the region.
For some of these coaches and investors see the construction new stadium in the region as a good thing that should not be delayed beyond 2019.
Coach Salifu Fatawu in an interview in an interview commended the Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah for fulfilling his promise to the Upper East Region and urged the Sports Minister to ensure that the project is not halted.
“The Upper East Region has never had a standard facility like we are having in Navrongo, at least we have something our players can use to improve on their performance. Because they play on bare ground, it affect their performance when they go for justifies outside the region and the country.
The minister has promised to give us the Upper East Region a standard, it is my prayer that the minister stays long in office to ensure the total completion. In the past there have been promises but could not be fulfilled because the ministers were removed from office.
I am hopeful, considering what we have seen so far, we thank the Sports Minister for fulfilling his promise.” Salifu Fatawu said.
Source: A1radioonline.com | 101.1MHz | Ghana