The Ho Central Market in the Volta Regional Capital is set to be commissioned soon to boost business activities in the region.
The Project which is an initiative of Ghana Urban Management Pilot Project (GUMPP) comprising the Ho Central Market, a landfill site at Akrofu and a modern abattoir at Sokode has been completed and will be opened to the public in few weeks.
The Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa has said following the completion and resolution of a court case against the project, the facility will soon be commissioned to serve the purpose for which it was undertaken.
According to him, the commissioning of the market had delayed as a result of a court case by some market women and shop owners regarding disagreements on the allocation of the market stalls.
The Minister’s disclosure comes on the back of agitations from a group, Concerned Citizens of Volta, demanding explanations for reasons the current government led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo fails to complete and/or continue developmental projects started across the region by the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama government.
The Group in a petition presented to the regional minister at the Volta Regional Coordinating Council on Thursday, April 12, 2018, mentioned among other things, the Eastern Corridor Road, Sokode-Ho Dual Carriage Road, Sokode-UHAS Bye-Pass Dual Road, Ho Airport and the Ho Central Market projects, as examples.
Dr Letsa in response said, the market project is completed and the court case delaying its commissioning has been resolved, thus, the commissioning will take place in few weeks time.
“The Ho market is completed. You see there have been some court cases. The market women association and the shop owners had gone to court which caused a delay in the whole process and now that allocation had been completed, the Minister will come so that we commission the place. So in the next few weeks, that market should be operational.”
The GUMP project which started in the era of the previous government has the Kumasi, Tamale, Sekondi-Takoradi metropolises and Ho Municipality as beneficiaries with Agence France de Development (AFD) supporting the project with 40 million euros and a grant of 500,000 euros for its successful implementation.
By: Ewoenam Kpodo/voltaonlinegh.com