As Assembly’s Ultra-Modern Office Complex Gets Ready
By Alfred Dogbey
The exorbitant one-billion rent charges being paid yearly by the Ga-South Municipal Assembly (GSMA) over the use of its current office structure, will soon come to an end in December, as the first phase of the assembly’s ongoing ultramodern office complex is almost completed.
The project, which is being constructed using the assembly’s own internal contractors to save cost, The Herald gathered, would be fully completed by the end of December for the first occupancy.
The Herald, is informed that, the decision to complete the project on time and relocate became necessary, because the Assembly’s landlords, the Institute of Technical Supervision (I.T.S) are determined to further increase the rent, despite the current inflated charges they receive.
Last Wednesday, when The Herald visited the site, the paper observed that the project was speedily progressing, barely eight months when the project commenced.
The Herald, again noticed that, a two-storey office edifice which also belonged to the assembly and was initially under construction, after it was purchased from a
private owner, has been completed and currently being occupied by Property Address System and Street Naming departments of the assembly.
The Herald, is reliably informed that, the total cost of the office complex which was initially estimated at GH400, 000.00 (four-billion old cedi), has been cut down by 50 per cent and now GH199, 761.10 only, because the assembly has decided to use its own internal contractors and labour.
According to The Herald’s information, the project which has been earmarked as one of the assembly’s special initiatives under the present Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Jerry Akwei Thompson, is supervised frequently being by the MCE himself and Municipal’s Works Department and engineers.
Interestingly, The Herald gathered that the entire project is mostly funded through some individuals’ donations including residents’ or landlords association in the municipality.
The only sum the assembly has spent so far into the project GH158, 421.00 which is from its internally generated funds, whilst a total of GH41, 340.00 came through donation.
Public Relation Officer (PRO) for the Assembly, Mr. Elliot Addom, when contacted confirmed the story and the development, but indicated that the Assembly was undertaking a lot of projects, but, however, constraint by resources.
He said, “We, however, will continue to appeal to those who pledged to assist in the project to hour them for us to complete the project as schedule”, as he commended those who have so far presented their donations.
Meanwhile, The Herald, is closely monitoring a disturbing development concerning the population, attitude and the performance of some staff at the assembly, despite efforts by the leadership.