The Central Regional Minister, Mr Kwamena Duncan, has inaugurated a new market and lorry station at Agona Nsaba, in the Agona East District to help boost the economy of the area.
The market was funded by the district assembly and the Central Regional Development Commission (CEDECOM).
Through its District Assembly Common Fund (DACF), the assembly spent GH¢179,450.21 on the project, while CEDECOM supported with GH¢1,062,530.
The market has 22 stores with locks, 156 open sheds, a revenue office, an office for the Environmental Health Department and a kindergarten.
The new lorry station was constructed by the Progressive Transport Owners Association (PROTOA).
In his inaugural address, Mr Duncan noted that the district could achieve its desired growth and development if certain basic infrastructure were provided for that purpose.
He said the absence of the market over the years had denied the district a colossal amount of internally generated funds needed to drive the development of the district, as well as improve the standard of the people.
The new market
He, therefore, appealed to the market women to ensure that the environment within the market was always clean, adding that: “If you don’t tidy this place on a daily basis, it will contaminate the foodstuffs that will be sold to buyers.”
Social intervention project
The acting Executive Director of CEDECOM, Mr Spencer Taylor, indicated that the construction of the project formed part of the social intervention projects executed across the region to improve the livelihoods of the people.
He expressed delight that the project which was started in 2014 had been completed for the benefit of the people; and further commended all stakeholders who played diverse roles towards its completion.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Agona East, Mr Dennis Armah Frimpong, stated that the assembly decided to commit funds towards the project to grow small-scale businesses in the district.
He said communities such as Mankessim and Agona Swedru had developed due to the existence of viable markets, expressing the hope that the new market would enhance commercial activities in the area to compete with other towns in the region.
The Omanhene of the Agona Nsaba Traditional Area, Osabarima Bishop Boappiah Afriyie II, thanked the assembly and the government for its resolve to address the developmental needs of the district.
He warned that no one would be allowed to sell within the town while the new market remained unoccopied, noting that the new lorry station would ease transportation to and from the town to other major towns.