The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Bongo in the Upper East Region, Mr. Peter Ayinbisa Ayamga has announced a roll out of a programme by Government to construct a number of ware houses throughout the country. These ware houses are to be sited at strategic locations to receive produce from the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) Programme.
The DCE made the announcement at a brief ceremony in Bogrigor last Friday when he handed over a site to a contractor known as Pozie Limited. He disclosed that Bongo was among the few lucky districts to benefit from the first 100 of such ware houses being constructed in 2018. He noted that it was a very competitive process for districts to attract the facility and therefore thanked the Ministry of Agriculture and the National Buffer Stock Company for selecting his district among the lot.
Mr. Ayamga observed that aside serving as a storage facility for any excess farm produce that will be brought in from farmers under Government’s flagship PFJ programme, the 1000 metric grain capacity ware house will also receive any commodities or consumables for storage for as long as it may take before they are sent to the market. The facility will occupy an 80 by 120 metres land area.
He gave a passionate praise to the Bogrigor Chief, the Landlords “Tindaanas” and people of Bogrigor for voluntarily releasing a vast piece of land for the project without requesting any compensation from the Assembly. He urged other communities in the district to follow the good example of Bogrigor so as to speed up development.
Mr. Ayamga revealed that the contractor had a period of six months to complete the project. He cautioned youth of the community against pilfering of logistics that the contractor will bring to the site but rather support him and his team in the timely execution of the project. He also appealed to the contractor to engage labour and other artisans like masons and carpenters from the area since that will create some form of employment for the local folks.
Speaking for the construction firm Pozie Limited, Mr. Abraham John Musah, highlighted the details of the ware house to include an office, a mechanised borehole, a changing room for staff, a security post and a laboratory where the grains can be tested for quality assurance.
Mr. Musah gave the assurance that his company has been in the construction business for over 21 years and that, it had the financial and technical capacity to deliver the job. He recounted that his outfit had undertaken similar jobs for other institutions such as the Ghana Health Service’s Nsawam Government Hospital, the Savannah Agric Research Institute (SARI) and other private institutions. He revealed that Pozie was selected from over 100 contractors that bided for the contract mainly because of its track record.
Source: Peter Atogewe Wedam (ISD)