At long last, a one-storey community centre project, first of its kind, has been completed, commissioned and handed over to the chief and people of Tarkwa Tamso Compound at a short ceremony over the weekend.
The project was initiated by the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, George Mireku Duker, with funds drawn from the Mineral Development Fund (MDF).
The MDF core function is to facilitate social economic development for communities where mining activities are undertaken.
Consequently, with Tamso being a mining center, the community center project was awarded on contract last year to Mega Tech Plus Engineering Solutions.
Commissioning the project, George Mireku Duker, who is also the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources described the edifice as a beautiful one.
He acknowledged that funds for the project came from the MDF, which was established long before he was even elected as a legislator.
According to him, six unit classroom block with ancillary facilities for the benefit of the people of Esuaso and Domeabra were also constructed using funds from the MDF.
He paid glowing tribute to the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Ben Kesse and the local management team who worked tirelessly to ensure the project was completed on time
He said, whilst as a legislator he was lobbying for projects for the constituency, the MCE also makes sure these lobbied projects have been executed.
MP Duker recollected the wild propaganda his opponent did when he initiated the project for the benefit of the people of Tamso Compound, but today his vision has become a reality. He also promised to construct a similar project for the people of Nzema and Tamso.
The MCE, Ben Kesse, on his part thanked the MP for lobbying for the project. He reminded the Legislator that as a Deputy Minister, it was obvious the constituent would expect more from him in terms of developmental project.
Mr. Emmanuel Quaye, Deputy Administrator of MDF, praised the cordial relationship between the MP and MCE, including the local management committee, for ensuring the completion of the project.
He prayed the community would put the center to a good use and serve the purpose for which it was built.
The Contractor, Mr. Barth Aidoo, told the gathering that the standard and quality of the project was not in doubt and they delivered based on the preference of the MP.
Some of the chiefs present at the ceremony were Nana Kwame Yeboah, Tamso chief, Nana Kojo Dakyi, Tamso Compound Odikro, Nana Sebe, Nana Otubia Akyeampong, Nana Yaa Ediku, Nana George Bayor, Safohene Kow Aidoo, Nana Bediako amongst many others.
Mr. Samuel Tika, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mineral Commission, in charge of Small scale mining, Mr. Emmanuel Quaye, Deputy Administrator MDF and Mr. Nelson Ahedor, Director Small-Scale Mining and Industrial Mineral were also present.
Meanwhile, Mr Mireku Duker has honoured his promise to purchase a 65 inch television set for use at the new community center.
Presenting the 65 inch Samsung branded television set, MP Duker said the donation was as a result of a request made by the Odikro of the community.
Odikro Kojo Dekyi received the television set on behalf of the community and pledged to put it to good use for recreational activity at the center.
The Legislator also presented four sewing machines to four Junior High School graduates. The four are; Josephine Aba Tomfo, Mavis Mensah, Emmanuella Atta Nketiah and Comfort Yankey.