Compiled Kwesi Alfred Adams .
Goldfields Ghana Limited, a mining company in Tarkwa, has cut sod for one of two projects it had budgeted to undertake for the people of Tarkwa.
The two flagship projects are the comprehensive upgrade of the Apinto Government Hospital and the reconstruction of a 10,400-capacity stadium for the people of Tarkwa.
For now, a sod cutting ceremony has been performed to commence the reconstruction of the Tarkwa T& A Park into a modern stadium.
The cost of the project is estimated at GH¢54 million. The project would see Tarkwa Aboso, popularly referred as ‘T&A’ Park, comprehensively reconstructed in a period of two years with modern facilities.
The Executive Vice President (EVP) of Goldfields Ghana Limited, Mr. Alfred Baku, who cut the sod, said the facility would be complete with VIP seating, spectator seating, dressing rooms for both teams and match officials, a commentary box, and press conference area among others.
The pitch, he added, would also have a perimeter wall, an inner perimeter fence, floodlights for evening matches, an electronic scoreboard, and a standby generator.
He said, when completed, the T&A Park would be one of the most modern sports facilities in the country and sub region.
Mr. Baku added that Goldfields recognises that a modern sports stadium would not only keep the hopes and aspirations of young footballers in our communities alive, but would also make Tarkwa one of the exciting venues for watching football matches.
“As an avid footballer and someone who played many times at the nearby Akoon Park, it is extremely gratifying for me to be driving this project. We did it for Ghana Black Stars by sponsoring them for the first two world appearances in Germany and South Africa, and we will do it for Tarkwa,” he said, amidst applause from the gathering.
The GGL Executive Vice President told the gathering that since the announcement to reconstruct the T&A Park into a modern stadium last year, he had been receiving numerous calls and queries regarding the commencement of the projects.
However, he said, beginning such huge projects required that “we activate all our processes and protocols to ensure that, while satisfying the expectations of our communities, we also meet the requirements of our corporate policies and ensure value for money.”
For this reason, he added, “I am pleased to announce that the engineering works have been completed, and Goldfields will be committing millions of cedis for the project.”
He said projects such as the reconstruction of the T&A Park and the comprehensive upgrade of the Apinto Government Hospital were delivered in phases considering their magnitude. “Work will begin this year, and we will closely monitor progress to ensure that the reconstruction is delivered to the highest quality, within budget, and within the timeframe given by the contractor.”
Considering the importance the people of Tarkwa attach to the reconstruction of the T&A Park, a high powered delegation from the Apinto Divisional Stool, Wassa Fiase Stool and other chiefs were present to grace the sod cutting ceremony.
The Member of Parliament for Tarkw Nsuaem, George Mireku Duker, could not hide his joy that the reconstruction of the T&A Park was becoming a reality.
He expressed his gratitude to the management of GGL for taking such a giant corporate social responsibility in the interest and welfare of the people and chiefs of Tarkwa.
A representative of the Sports Minister said the reconstruction of the T&A Park by GGL was an exemple of what a real corporate social responsibility was.
He, therefore, urged other mining companies to emulate the shining example of GGL.
The Tufuhene of the Apinto Divisional Stool, Nana Adu Payin II, who chaired the ceremony, showered praises on GGL for leading, in terms of corporate social responsibility.