By Cecil Mensah
The contractor working on the construction of the one hundred and fifty thousand Ghana Cedis, Ashaiman Magistrate Court building, has given the assurance the new court building would be completed by the beginning of next month to ensure maximum security in the municipality.
The completion of the project, came to the fore when the Communication outfit of the Greater Accra Regional National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by Jerry Johnson, Communications Director and Victor Quarshie Adono, regional Secretary, paid a working visit to the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (ASHMA) to ascertain the level of ongoing projects in the area.
According to Jerry Johnson, the working visits to projects embarked upon by the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the region, are one of the strategies deviced by the regional executives to highlight, some of the projects undertaken by the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the region, aside the central government projects across the country.
Before 2008, The Herald learnt the Ashaiman area was under the jurisdiction of Tema Municipal Assembly, until ex- president, John Agekuum Kufour, created a Municipality for the area.
Since the creation of a municipality, the Ashaiman Magistrate court, has operated from the Assembly hall of the municipal Assembly, until a year ago when the Assembly led by Ibrahim Baidoo, the Municipal Chief Executive, decided to build a state- of – art court for the area.
The court is expected to house all ancillaries of the court, together with the registry of the court, which has been operating in a container since the creation of the municipality.
Speaking to The Herald in an interview, Mr Francis Damesi, the contractor working on the project, gave the assurance that the project would be completed ahead of schedule to create a befitting environment for the court.
The Herald learnt the project was being funded by the Urban Development Grant under the World Bank’s grant.
The project, which begun last year December, is expected to be inaugurated next month for smooth operation of the court.
Mr Ibrahim Baidoo, told The Herald the decision to build the court, was to create an enabling environment for business and to ensure security in the area.
He said, hitherto, all the banks operating in the country, were unwilling to open branches in the area, but now, “what do we have here, they are clamouring to open branches in the area, because issues of insecurity has been tackled”
He said, since he assumed office a year ago, two police stations were being constructed in the Middle East area and Lebanon area at the cost of GH¢147,686.01 and GH¢324, 511.92 to make the police visible in the municipality to curb crime.
He said, the police visibility has corrected the widely held impression that the municipality was a hub armed robbers in the country.
He has, since assuming office embarked upon the following projects; construction of a 12-unit classroom block storey at the cost of GH¢449,957 Cedis , construction of a community centre and post office and a three- storey 72 lockable store and shops at the cost of GH¢1,575,430.91 Cedis.