The Bongo main lorry station in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region is to receive a face lift with the tarring of its whole floor space with pavement blocks and the construction of 10 lockable stores in the premises. Since inauguration in 1991, the lorry station has not seen any renovation or expansion works.
Bongo District Chief Executive (DCE), Hon. Peter Ayinbisa Ayamga who handed over the site to the contractor, TECH 2 Ltd. this Wednesday morning, disclosed that the job was to be completed within six months and will cost the Assembly a total of 475,000.00 Ghana Cedis. He revealed that the project had been on the Assembly’s plans for a while and that, the initial plan was to construct a number of storey buildings at the station however, the cost presented by a consultant was pegged at about 4,800,000 million Ghana Cedis to involve a three-phase construction.
According to Hon. Ayamga who is also the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Candidate for the Bongo Constituency for the 2020 general elections, this contract sum was far above the reach of the Assembly and it therefore reworked the designs and settled on the construction of a set of 10 stores alongside the floor pavement of the station itself for now. He disclosed that in addition to this, some three sheds will be erected in the station to provide shade for both drivers and passengers as well as other patrons who move into the area for business.
The DCE gave the assurance that the funds for the project were already secured and ready for disbursement to the contractor. He therefore appealed to people in the vicinity especially those operating from temporal structures to quickly pack out their goods and other wares in order to give way for the contractor to demolish any unwanted structures for works to start and run smoothly. He stated that the Assembly had already held engagements with business owners within the affected area about five months ago and that, the construction was not going to be a surprise event to anyone.
Hon. Ayamga praised the Paramount Chief of Bongo, Bo-Naba Baba Salifu A. Lemyaarum for his effective mediatory roles in the whole process leading to the handing over site. He also recalled that all affected structures had also been marked with specific signs by the Assembly’s works engineers and that owners of those marked structures knew they were going to be pulled down eventually.
He explained that after marking out the area for the Assembly’s 10 lockable stores, capable persons including businessmen and women would be given the opportunity under a public-private-partnership arrangement, to put up additional stores according to specification within the station’s enclave. They shall operate for a specified number of years then transfer ownership to the Assembly but at the expiration of that arrangement, a person could request for a renewal and if the required demands from the Assembly are met, the occupant would continue to use the facility.
He charged the contractor to deliver a beautiful and quality job as the project was intended to not only to beautify the district’s capital, but to also command some respect from visitors to the district.
In his remarks, the Bo-Naba said it was his wish to see the rapid development of all communities and places in his traditional area. He was therefore very glad to see fruition of the project and called on his people to support the contractor to complete the project within schedule.
Source: Peter Atogewe Wedam