The Minister for Inner-Cities and Zongo Development, Dr Mustapha Abdul –Hamid, has ordered the contractor for the Old Tafo community recreational park to reconstruct the pitch at his own expense with immediate effect.
Dr. Hamid further directed the contractor, Erikam Contractors, to meet him next week to agree on how to rectify the anomaly.
At time of the Minister’s visit to site, the contractor was not available but sources told the Daily Graphic that he had agreed with the directive.
The Minister, who was in Kumasi to commiserate with the families of the six persons killed by the police recently for allegedly being armed robbers, seized the opportunity to tour some facilities initiated by his predecessor, Alhaji Boniface Abubakar Saddique.
Dr. Hamid told the contractor that the government was not going to foot the bills for reconstruction because it was due to negligence on his part.
He said the government would not relent on its fight for value for the country.
The over GHc 400,000 (Four Hundred Thousand Cedis) facility including a fence wall and team stands, is to expanded to include a sitting arena before it’s handed over.
Erikam Contractors is one of the experts to develop such pitches across the country as part of Sports Ministry’s policy to construct standardized pitches to identify football talents and also serve as nevus for social gathering.
The overgrown Tafo pitch, which was expected to have been handed over to government by now, is littered with debris and broken bottles, making it dangerous for use.
Subsequently, an old Methodist mission house opposite the facility has been donated by the church for the purpose.
In pursuit of the Ministry’s policy of constructing and greening many pitches across the country, especially in the Zongo communities, the Minister also cut the sod for the construction of an astro-turf football pitch worth GHc 3.4 at Akurem Hilander Cluster of Schools in Kumasi.