By Cecil Mensah
Residents, Teachers and Students of Kotobaabi cluster of schools in Accra, have okayed the ongoing construction of an Astroturf sports facility by Wembley Sports Company (WSC) for the use of the community.
The Astroturf facility, which is about ninety-nine percent complete was last Wednesday December 17, 2014, opened for the students and members of the community to have a feel of the facility that would afford them the opportunity to develop their talents in sports.
The acceptance of the facility, came to the fore when the management of the company in collaboration with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), held a durbar to brief the students, residents, teachers, Assembly members, Chiefs of the Osu Traditional area, the Ayawaso Central Sub-Metro Education Unit of the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Sub -Metro’s Sports Development Officer, Mr Simon Atubuga on the level
of work and clear certain doubts in the minds of people about the project.
Speaking at the durbar, Mr Robert Coleman, the Chief Executive Officer of WSC, said as part of the project, eighteen-seater water closet toilet facility would also be constructed and it would be ready for use come next academic year.
He said, two months ago the company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the AMA for the construction of the facility.
He maintained, the project if fully completed, would have a Basket Ball and Volley Ball courts that would be opened to the students and members of the immediate community free of charge.
He stressed, the facility would be opened when the three schools on the compound of the facility have closed to ensure smooth learning process.
He said, portions of the proceeds that would accrue from the operations of the facility would be used to offer scholarships to nine needy but brilliant students from the three Junior High Schools (JHS) on the compound.
He took the opportunity to commend the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayawaso Central Constituency, Mr Hennery Quartey, for his efforts in making sure the project pass the quality test and for making sure the number of beneficiaries of the scholarship package was increased from six to nine every year.
He noted that the facility, if completed would accommodate seven hundred spectators and be available for rent to corporate organizations, churches and the general public.
He noted that sanitation on the compound would be duly taken care of by staff that will be fully employed by the WSC to handle sanitation on the compound.
On his part, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of AMA, Numo Blafo, expressed the Assembly’s gratitude to the contractors of the project for the rapid completion of the project as pertains in the MOU.
He mentioned that if the Assembly had resources, the facility would be replicated in all public schools under the Assembly.
The Sub-Metro Director of Education, Madam Sika Danso, warned that the facility would not be opened when school is in session.
She said, the facility must not be seen to be conflicting with academic work on the compound.
The durbar was graced by Madam Felicia Sackey, headmistress of Kotobaabi (1) school, Steven Cobbla and Emmanuel Setogbi, Headmasters of Kotobaabi (2 and 3) schools.