Kobby’s Park, a neglected playground serving cluster of schools in the Takoradi constituency, is now being developed into a multipurpose astroturf pitch under the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led-government.
Thanks to GNPC Foundation, the park which has not seen any transformation since 2007 will, in the next few months, look different with synthetic fibres spread on the floor and flashlights all around to promote night games.
The pitch will also be fenced with panel mesh and drains constructed around it to check flooding during heavy downpours.
It is being executed by Waste 360, an Accra based construction firm, and brings to six the number of GNPC funded astroturfs in Western Region, and 27 throughout the country.
Although the project was scheduled to be completed in six months, the contractor insists he will hand it over within the next three months.
The sod cutting ceremony to officially start construction works on the pitch was performed by Kwabena Otchere Darko-Mensah, the Western Regional Minister and Member of Parliament for Takoradi, on Monday.
The Daily Statesman gathered that the park was named after Mr Darko-Mensah for his immense role in protecting it from litigants and commitment to ensuring that it is transformed to befit the status of Takoradi as an oil city.
According to Dr K K Sarpong, Chief Executive Officer of GNPC, the project is in line with the Foundation’s motto of “Impacting Lives with Oil Resource”.
He recounted a number of projects constructed in the region by the GNPC, including construction of school blocks, sick bays, CHIP compounds and libraries, among others.
Dr Sarpong also made mention of thousands of children who have benefited from the Foundation’s scholarship scheme in the last few years, and added that the process will be sustained to ensure that many more people benefit from the scheme.
In a brief remark, the Regional Minister, popularly called Kobby, recounted his ordeals in savaging the park from litigants, and commended GNPC Foundation for accepting to turn it into a standardized astroturf pitch.
He commended the government for its numerous ongoing projects in Takoradi, including the GNPC operational headquarters.
This, the Minister said, demonstrates NPP’s vision and foresight as a development-oriented government.
He therefore urged the constituents to massively vote for him and President Akufo-Addo come December 7 for more goodies.
Present at the brief ceremony was Dominic Kwesi Eduah, Executive Director of GNPC Foundation.