It has emerged that, ceremonial parks built across the country during the celebration of Ghana’s 50th anniversary under the erstwhile John Kufuor administration, have been left to rot under the watch of the various assemblies and regional ministers.
One of them, the popular Victoria Park in the central regional capital Cape Coast, have seen its current deplorable state gone viral in pictures on social media, bringing back the age-old debate of Ghana’s lack of maintenance culture of national assets.
Victoria Park, named after of Queen Victoria of England, and overlooking the famous Cape Coast Castle, needs an immediate renovation.
According to media reports, the 10 facilities christened, Jubilee Parks, built in all ten regions, have deteriorated so much that, it would cost another fortune to bring them back to their previous state.
It will be recalled that during the Golden Jubilee celebration in 2007, huge amount of money was earmarked for the celebration and a good number of projects, including toilets and houses, were embarked upon to mark the half a century celebration.
The Kufuor government allocated,US$20 million for the celebration in addition to a one trillion cedis target from sponsors.
One of such projects was the building of the Jubilee Parks to serve as public assets, where occasionally national and private events are held.
Among others, the annual Independence Day celebration is always held at these parks. Similarly, there was supposed to be the building of public toilets across the country, but this did not see the light of day.
The assemblies were supposed to take care of the management of the parks to raise additional revenue from it, but it appears, they have other plans and so have shirked their responsibilities, while the millions of Ghana Cedis parks waste away.
At the Eastern Regional Jubilee Park which is adjacent the regional Police Command for instance, homeless people have taken over the facility doing both official and domestic activities there. It also serves as den for Indian hemp smokers and petty thieves.
A whooping GHc16.8 million is reported to have been spent in the building of these parks for the celebration, twelve years after the controversial Ghana @50 celebrations, one of the projects which should serve as evidence of the colossal sums spent on that celebration, parts of which ended in court, have been neglected by successive governments.
Days ago, pictures of the Cape Coast Jubilee Park, went viral and the despicable nature of the structure, has got many concerned Ghanaians talking and asking questions.
The Victoria Park in particular, which is close to the Cape Coast Castle and the sea, has it painting completely worn out, while the metals are all rusted, leaving the entire place in a shambolic state.
From the shots, the whole structure looks abandoned and the level of corrosion makes one wonder what the authorities, including the Metropolitan Chief Executive and the Regional Minister, Kwamina Duncan are waiting for?
The roofing, ceiling, lighting system among others, have all given way and the level of cracks qualify the entire structure as a death trap.
Having being abandoned by authorities, residents have turned the facility into a dumping site.