The Coastal Development Authority (CODA) has commissioned and handed over an astroturf pitch to the Abofu community in the Okaikoi North Municipality. The project, which was constructed in line with the vision of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to provide each constituency with a modern multi-purpose sports facility, was funded by the Government of Ghana under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP).
The commissioning and handing over took place at a colourful event on Sunday, January 23, 2021 and was witnessed by government officials, the Member of Parliament for Okaikoi North constituency, traditional leaders and a cross section of residents and football enthusiasts. A commemorative football match was played between Abofu and Achimota communities led by their respective Assemblymen.
Addressing the gathering, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of CODA in charge of Greater Accra Region, Mr. Kingsley Kofi Karikari-Bondzie emphasised that the Authority remained duty-bound in ensuring that the vision of President Akufo-Addo to provide sports and other essential community infrastructure to accelerate economic and social development is realised. The DCEO recalled the strenuous efforts made by the former MP in justifying the selection and approval of the project and urged residents and leaders to continue to work together and support government in the development of the Okaikoi North constituency.
The Municipal Chief Executive of the Okaikoi North Municipal Assembly, Hon. Boye Laryea, in his remarks, stated that sports was a unifier and called on all sections of the Abofu community to see the new astroturf as a symbol of unity to move the community forward. He commended Hon. Fuseini Issah for lobbying for the project.
CODA approved construction of the project following a consensus built through the instrumental role of the former MP, Hon. Fuseini Issah.
Also known as the One Million Dollars Per Constituency initiative, IPEP is a flagship of the Akufo-Addo administration which seeks to accelerate economic and social development through the allocation of one million dollars or its cedi equivalent to each constituency for special projects. Projects are prioritised through stakeholders engagement and needs assessment to reflect the needs and aspirations of beneficiary constituencies.
Source: CODA PR Unit