The Member of Parliament for Ablekuma Central, Ebenezer Nii Narh Nartey has cut sod for the redevelopment of the Sabon Zongo Market as part of the Constituency’s allocation of one million dollars. The project, which is being funded by the Coastal Development Authority, CODA, under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme, IPEP, when completed will transform the dilapidated structure into an ultramodern trading facility.
The new market, which is expected to be complete in three months, will significantly empower families by boosting the economic lives of residents, most of whom are petty traders.
Present at the event were the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of CODA, Lawyer Jerry Ahmed Shaib; the Ablekuma Central Municipal Chief Executive, Mariama Karley Amui; the Chief of Abossey Okai;Nii Abossey Okai III, Chief of Zongo, Alhaji Yahya Hamisu Baako, traders and members of the Sabon Zongo community.
Addressing the gathering, the Ablekuma Central MCE, Mariama Amui indicated that construction of the new market is adequate proof of the commitment of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to ensure that Zongo communities are properly developed as promised.
She further indicated that improvement of the dilapidated market has been long overdue, a situation that has compelled some traders to move to other areas in the constituency to ply their trade.
She called on leaders and members of Sabon Zongo community to give the contractor all the needed support during construction.
She added that “let’s support the President to deliver on all the good initiatives he is undertaking for Ghanaians”.
Speaking on behalf of the Chief of Sabon Zongo, the General Secretary of Mallam Baako Family, Seidu Musa Baako stressed that the construction of the market is a dream come true.
According to him, sod was first cut for the project in the First Republic after which it was abandoned.
He thanked His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo for prioritising the welfare of residents of Sabon Zongo.
He further commended the President for the establishment of CODA and the Ministry of Inner Cities and Zongo Development, adding that the two entities have made a dramatic transformation in the lives of many Ghanaians .
He called on all stakeholders to cooperate with the contractor.
On his part, the Member of Parliament for the area, Ebenezer Narh, stated that the construction of the market is in fulfilment of a promise made by the President to give Sabon Zongo a modern market.
According to him, for a long time the market received no attention, emphasizing that the current structure was put up in the era of the Late C S Crabbe and Okuley Nortey, both former NPP MPs.
Mr. Narh assured that ongoing roads construction in the constituency will continue from where it paused.
He stated that, priority will be given to current occupiers in the allocation of stalls when the market is complete.
In his brief remarks, Lawyer Jerry Ahmed Shaib described Hon Ebenezer Narh as a hardworking MP gifted with persistent lobbying skills.
He stated that, in line with the local content policy of CODA, the contractor will be required to recruit artisans and labourers for the project from the constituency.
He also informed that CODA has approved funding for the construction of an ultramodern market at Sukura, a neighbouring community in the constituency.
He referred to the Free SHS initiative of government as one of the most impacting initiatives and urged all residents to take advantage of it since education is the ultimate equalizer.