The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in collaboration with the Coastal Development Authority (CODA) has held a stakeholder meeting with residents of Ablekuma South to seek the community's consent for the reconstruction of the Tuesday Market.
The project which is under the auspices of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) with funding from the US$1 million per constituency allocation is expected to be completed in six (6) months.
The new market when completed would have two floors consisting of 178 stores, 20-seater washrooms, 2 conference halls, a clinic and car parks.
The IPEP is an intervention of the government which aims at allocating to each constituency the cedi’s equivalent of US$1 million annually to be invested in the development of priority infrastructure needs of the constituency.
Under the same intervention, the community is also expected to benefit from a multipurpose recreational facility (AstroTurf) at the Mamprobi Girls School.
Addressing stakeholders, during the meeting held at the Martyrs of Uganda School on Thursday, Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, explained the significance of the two projects to the community and stressed that, President Akufo Addo has the interest of the people at heart hence the 1 million dollars 1 constituency which is being used to fund these projects through CODA to be managed by AMA.
He urged residents to look beyond partisan politics when it comes to the development of communities and rally behind the assembly to ensure progress.
Jerry Ahmed Shiab, Chief Executive of CODA, reiterated the significance of engaging stakeholders ahead of the commencement of any project stating that there was a need to ensure the community owns the project through the provision of jobs among others for the youth.
" In pursuant of providing a conducive environment for market women and traders and developing the area into enviable heights, the reconstruction of the new Tuesday Market when completed would ease the stress of trading at the market and promote economic activities in the city, " he said.
He pointed out that as part of efforts to better the living condition of the masses, a credit facility was being provided to mechanics, fisherfolks, traders and market women among others.
Some stakeholders including chiefs from the area present at the event welcomed the projects and appealed to authorities to include the construction of a hall for lesser-known sports in addition to the AstroTurf.
Some communities under the Ablekuma South sub metro are Korlegonno, Korle-bu, Chorkor and Mamprobi.