Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, has charged all Metropolitan Assemblies in the Country to emulate the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) that has led to the successful construction of a three storey office complex for the Assembly in the heart of Accra.
Hajia Alima Mahama, addressing a ceremony to officially commission the new office complex of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly said, there is the need for inter jurisdictional coordination mechanisms to ensure that cities in Ghana do not plan for their development in isolation. To that end, she emphasized that MMDCEs in the country ought to “emulate the example of the AMA to promote infrastructural development through innovative partnerships for financing and delivery of services”.
The Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, in his welcome address registered his sincere thanks to the President for honouring the invitation to participate in the official opening of the new edifice. He added that the AMA is poised to pursue the agenda of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa.
“AMA is poised to lead in addressing the specific challenges of a developing city where informality and rapid urbanization can be focused through a well thought out plan and a structured development agenda. We are pursuing this to make our city great and our country strong, the Mayor of Accra said.
President Akufo Addo as part of the second day of his three day tour joined the Mayor of Accra, the Local Government and Rural Development Minister and all the Staff of the AMA to officially commission the new edifice.
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) after over 100 years of operating in its colonial office building behind the Bank of Ghana on the Asafoatse Nettey Street in Accra, has now built a new ultra-modern office complex in the heart of the Central Business District of Accra.
The three-storey edifice occupies some 4,000 square space and is located within the commercial enclave of the city which houses the Octagon , Accra City Hotel, Mövenpick Hotel, National theatre ,the Kinbu Secondary Technical School, the Assembly Press and the vibrant Tema station.
Details of the Edifice
Constructed by Dream Reality, the AMA new office complex is disability friendly and has ancillary facilities such as a 300 capacity conference room, meeting rooms, cafeteria, landscaping (greening) and a 200 capacity car park. In line with the AMA’s vision of making Accra a Smart, Safe, Sustainable and Resilient Modern City, this new edifice has been designed to encompass all the necessary facilities and logistics that describes a smart office space with the aim of ensuring that the Assembly achieves its vision and also serve the people of the City of Accra effectively and efficiently.
Brief History of the Project
The land for the project was acquired by the colonial government under a certificate of title dated March 16, 1894. It was released to the ACMC by a lease dated February 22, 2001 who subsequently, assigned a portion of the land to Dream Reality Company Limited on July 23, 2008. After several attempts to eject traders on the land for the commencement of the project, the former Mayor of Accra, Hon Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, cut sod for the commencement of the project on the 5th of June 2014. In 2017, the AMA, under the leadership of Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah, with the quest to create a conducive environment for work and promote development ensured the speedy completion and furnishing of the office complex.
Source :foxfmonline.com /Ayisah Foster