The Kwabre East District Assembly is working on obtaining a grant from the Government of Ghana (GoG) to complete its abandoned market project.
The Mampongteng Market Complex under the GoG project was initiated in July 2012 and was to be completed in August 2013 with an initial amount of GH¢8,841,032.84
However, upon reaching 45 per cent of completion stage in 2012, the project had since been abandoned till now, forcing the over 3,000 market women to trade on the street at the district capital, Mampongteng.
According to the Head of Works at the assembly, Mr Evans Denkyira, the market, when completed, would serve people from the 45 communities in the district and others from adjoining communities.
He said outstanding works as of May 2015, amounted to GH¢17,451,406.45 while consultancy services on the project was estimated to cost the assembly GH¢2,591,533.26
Mr Denkyira added that the market complex would house a banking hall, offices for renting, a supermarket, warehouse, lockable shops, open stores and restaurants.
Other facilities, he mentioned, were a butchery, refuse collection points, a day care centre for children of market women, washrooms, drainage area and parking lots.
He intimated further that the project would also have water supply, electricity, Information Communications Technology (ICT) installations and fire protection units.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Kwabre East, Nana Osei Assibey Bonsu, after paying a courtesy call on the Mampontenghene, Barima Saase Ayeboafo, in the company of the Assembly Member for the Mampongteng Electoral Area, Mr Joe Appiah, and some assembly staff, inspected progress of work at the project site.
They also visited the temporary site where some market women were currently located to do business with majority of their colleagues selling on the shoulders of the street. They visited the dilapidated district court building as well.
Speaking in an interview, the DCE said completion of the market complex was dear to his heart and as it was one of the topmost projects in the district that could generate jobs and income.
The market complex, he said, must be completed at all cost since it was one of the ways to broaden the tax generation of the assembly.
He called on the people to collaborate with the assembly and support it in the delivery of its development agenda, including the completion of the market complex.