The Minister for Inner-Cities and Zongo Development, Dr Mustpha Abdul –Hamid, has cut the sod for construction of a GHc3.4 million mini stadium at Akurem, suburb of Kumasi.
The convertion of the ‘Sakora’ Hilander Park into a grassed and upgraded facility is expected to be ready for use in five months. It will comprise an Astro-turf, stands, changing rooms, floodlights, basketball court and other ancillary facilities that will make it a multi-purpose facility for the Zongo community.
The facility, being constructed by a Ghanaian, Francis Arhin and his CFR Ghana Limited Company, is one of such facilities being provided nationwide by the Ministry.
When completed, the stadium would be a major converging point for the people of the community for all kinds of activities including Muslim festivals.
Dr Abdul-Hamid told the exciting crowd including the top brass of Muslim leaders and teachers that the idea was to identify all kinds of talents within the community harness them for national use.
He indicated that the facility was not meant for only football but all manner of sporting activities as well as social events.
The Minister said it was also to make the youth active thereby reducing crime and make them productive.
The provision of the synthetic pitches and the greening across the country is only one major intervention the Ministry has rolled out to improve the living conditions of residents and make them more relevant to the country.
A national football league has been instituted among the Zongo communities to help unearth talents.