Works on the multipurpose sports stadium in Navrongo in the Upper East Region is progressing steadily, as the contractor working on the project, Amecben Construction promises to hand over a standard sports facility when completed.
A1 Radio had a brief tour of the facility over the weekend to monitor the progress of work.
With the exception of the VIP area, all three other public stands have had their seats fixed in red, yellow, and green colours. Even though the chairs for the VIP area, (which include the media zone) are ready, contractors are taking their time to meet other security and luxury requirement before fixing them.
The disability sections in the public stands require just ramps to complete them.
The athletics areas including the oval tracks have been clearly demarcated, compressed, and ready for the required surfacing and markings.
Gutters around the playing field have all been completed and carefully covered.
At the time the A1 team visited, the green grass on the field was still being nurtured and yet to get the first cut.
The contractor working on the green grass field, in an earlier interview with A1 Radio assured that with the deep roots grass planted on the field, is it very possible to continue looking green if well managed after the handing over of the project.
The grasses on the field have deep roots, strong enough to withstand drought and harsh weather conditions.
If this facility is completed and handed over to the government, the Navrongo Multipurpose Stadium as popularly called, will be the first FIFA Standard stadium to be built in the Upper East Region since the commencement of football in the region.
The project has dressing rooms for match teams and referees. There will be an ICT area for media and administrative works. There is a hall for some indoor games, as well as offices, shops and a canteen area.
The completion of the project has delayed and can largely be blamed on the release of funds.
The funding agency, the National Youth Authority has had some leadership problems. During the period of this project a Chief Executive Officer was dismissed, two CEOs have since been appointed, with the current yet to settle.