The District Chief Executive for the Shai Osudoku District in the Greater Accra Region, Daniel Akuffo, has embarked on a one-day projects achievements tour in the district to have first-hand information on the level of progress of work achieved within two years of his administration, and which challenges ought to be addressed to have those projects ready for use.
His visit, assisted by some heads of department at the assembly, took him to road construction sites, modern places of convenience, classroom blocks, electrification projects, CHPS Compounds, library and court projects, etc. the projects are located in various suburbs in Dodowa, Asutuare, Agomeda, Ayikuma, Osuwme and Volivo and other suburbs.
The visit of the Honourable Daniel Akuffo begun took him to the sites of the construction of a total of 6.7km Dodowa town roads which are at various stages of construction. The roads being undertaken with support from the feeder roads department of the Ghana Highways Authority when completed are expected to facilitate the transportation needs of residents within the Dodowa Township.
The news team observed ongoing works at the time of the tour as all materials needed for the project were on site and the contractor had his men on site.
Honorable Daniel Akuffo as part of his tour also inspected ongoing works on a total of twenty-five (25) unit classroom blocks. The projects intended to complement the infrastructural needs of various educational facilities within the Shai Osudoku district include a 6-unit classroom block at the DA/RC School at Osuwem, a 4-unit classroom block and Store at Volivo DA Basic School near Asutuare, a 3-unit classroom block at Kongo and a 12-unit classroom block for the Lanor DA Basic School.
The assembly chief also visited four major Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Compounds as part of his visit to various project sites. The facilities, most of which have been completed will support the services rendered by other CHPS Compounds in Shai Osudoku and the conventional health facilities in the district.
The Doryumu CHPS compound, the Asutuare Junction CHPS Compound and the Ayikuma CHPS compound where the DCE toured were either being renovated, completed or under construction.
Honourable Akuffo while inspecting the projects interacted with staff of the facilities and assured them of government’s continued support for the running of the facilities.
With sanitation still a major challenge in most districts, the construction of various places of convenience comes as welcome news to the people of the district. With some toilet facilities being put up to improve on the sanitation situation, the assembly chief toured these sites to inspect ongoing works at the facilities.
The projects visited include a 20-seater toilet facility fitted with washrooms at Apenko, a 16-seater facility also fitted with washrooms at the Salem electoral area, 20-seater facility with baths and urinals for the people of Tsangmer, another 20-seater facility also at Tsangmer as well as the renovation of a toilet facility at the Dodowa market.
The DCE who decried the spate of open defecation in the country observed that the construction of the facilities will go a long way in sanitizing the environment.
As part of improving sanitation at the Dodowa market, Hon Akuffo told newsmen that the Shai Osudoku District Assembly constructed an embankment of the gutters at the market following several complaints from market about flooding caused by the overflowing of gutters bordering the market, during the rains. He noted that the embankment of the gutters has brought relief to the market women as it no longer overflows.
Thanks to the new assembly, Dodowa now boasts of an ultra-modern court facility. The court which is now fully completed boasts of various ancillary facilities.
The District Chief Executive also visited and inspected current works on the extension of the old Dodowa library. Hon Akuffo explained that the extension and upgrading of the facility which is being funded with the MP’s Common Fund, has become necessary as the assembly prioritizes reading habits in students and pupils.
Other projects sites visited include electrification upgrading and extensions at Yokpe and Volivo, Asutuare Area Councils, ongoing works on the 97.3 kilometres Single Standard Gauge Railway Line from Tema to Mpakadan being undertaken by AFCONS Infrastructure Limited, progress of work on the one district one warehouse located at Shai Osudoku’s industrial hub, the extension and conversion of the Agomeda Post Office into a police post and the renovated Asutuare bridge.
Speaking in an interview after the tour, District Chief Executive for Shai Osudoku, Honourable Daniel Akuffo noted that though bad roads remain a concern in the district, the assembly had prioritized this concern and was thus undertaking various intervention measures to improve upon the situation and assured that works will be done on a number of roads in the district including the Dodowa-Afienya road and the construction of a bridge at Volivo.
Regretting the spate of insecurity on the main sections of the roads, he assured that measures, including the establishment of the police station at Agomeda, will be taken to improve security on the main Dodowa – Agomeda stretch of road.