From Isaac Akwetey-Okunor
Travelers and residents in and around the Koforidua-Accra lorry station can afford to heavy a sigh of relief, following the rehabilitation of the station by the New Juaben Municipal Assembly, through the instrumentality of Mr. Alex Asamoah, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE).
The rehabilitation of the facility, which residents in the municipality described as being long overdue, can boast of a station store complex, paving, sheds for travelers, among other facilities that befit a municipality, when completed.
Speaking to the Eastern File, the Municipal Engineer of the Assembly, Mr. Kwaku Agyei, disclosed that the exercise would be in two phases, and would be undertaken by Antarctics Contraction Limited, a Koforidua-based contractor, at an estimated cost of GH¢979,991.44.
According to him, the first phase of the projects would see the paving of the station, and the construction of sheds and toilet facility within a period of three months, while the second phase would take care of the station store complex, which would also be completed in 12 months.
Throwing light on the rationale behind the rehabilitation of the place, the Municipal Engineer lamented that the vehicle station, arguably the oldest in the Municipality, since its establishment, has not seen any rehabilitation, making the area inaccessible, particularly during the rainy season.
This, according to him, compelled the MCE, when he assumed office, to commission a committee to oversee the rehabilitation of the place, since the condition of the place does not befit the status of the municipality.
The Chairman for the Koforidua-Tema Drivers Union, Mr. Patterson Moss Mensah, on behalf of the various transport unions, thanked the Assembly for the rehabilitation works.