From Samuel Agbewode
The Warlord and a Senior Divisional Chief of the Asogli Traditional Area, Togbe Howusu Adzi Lakle, has expressed mixed feelings about the sod-cutting for the construction of a Youth Resource Center for the Volta Region in Ho as against the priority project of building a modern sports stadium.
He also commended the government for the bold step taken to provide infrastructure that would help train the youth.
Togbe Howusu Adzi Lakle explained that he and the chiefs and people were happy about government’s efforts to provide the youth resource center because it would definitely help in training the youth to develop their talents.
But expressed fear that once the resource center project is completed, the major desire of the people for a sports stadium would be forgotten.
The Chief, who was speaking at the sod-cutting ceremony in Ho, explained further that the desire of the chiefs and people of the region was for a modern sports stadium at Ho, so when the information came about the sod cutting ceremony for the youth resource center many thought it was the sports stadium project.
According to Togbe Howusu Adzi Lakle, the 100 acres of land, of which only eleven acres would be used for the regional youth resource center, was donated and reserved for the construction of a sports stadium.
Togbe Howusu Adzi Lakle, therefore, appealed to the government to consider adding the construction of the sports stadium to the youth resource center, since that was the priority of the people.
He said that the land remaining after the construction of the youth resource center could still be used for the building of a modern sports stadium.
He also called on the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to ensure that the construction of the dual carriageway from Sokode to Ho, which he assured the people would be completed, has become into a major problem, because the project has been abandoned, making it more difficult for drivers to ply that portion of the Ho-Sokode-Accra road, which was the major road to the capital, Accra.
The Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr. Isaac Asiamah, who cut the sod for the construction of a US$2.4 million multi-purpose youth resource center, said the project forms part of the government’s efforts to address the huge infrastructure deficit.
He explained that the project, which has been awarded to Wilkado Construction Limited, is expected to be completed within the period of nine months, and would have 10,000 seating capacity, a VIP stand, an international standard football park, Information Communication Technology (ICT) training center, car park, entrepreneurship training center and restaurant, and swimming pool among others.
Mr. Asiamah noted that the youth dominate the population of the country with varied talents that could promote rapid development of the nation, but unfortunately, the needed infrastructure has not been put in place to ensure that the country would derive the needed benefit from what he described as untapped talents over the years.
He said one of the challenges confronting the country was youth unemployment, which posed serious security threat, therefore, the government had decided to tackle the situation by providing youth resource centers in all the ten regions where career counseling services would be made available to the youth.
The Minister continued that development ought to be seen as a process, therefore, there were other projects that would be implemented in future to help address the difficulties confronting the youth, noting that a major problem facing the country was the lack of the maintenance culture, which, he assured the people, would be tackled when the project was completed.
Mr. Asiamah disclosed that the resource center would have park management as part of the training programme, where the youth would be educated on how to maintain the park, as well as protect the facilities, and pleaded with the people to effectively utilise the center when completed.
The Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Letsa, thanked the land owners who freely donated the parcel of land for the project.
He further assured the Minister for Youth and Sports that the center, when completed, would be properly managed and put to good use in collaboration with the office of the National Youth Authority in the region.
The Regional Minister urged the contractor, Togbui Gbewoaza II of Wilkado Construction Company Limited, to ensure that the project would be completed on time and to specifications as spelt out in the contract document.
The Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr. Pius Hadzide, said President Nana Addo would continue to bring relevant development projects to the people of the Volta Region, even if the people still refuse to vote for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), because the execution of such development projects remain the right of the people as Ghanaians.
He said there would be many more development activities that would take place in the region under the NPP administration, which would be appreciated by the people.