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Works on the Cape Coast Sports Stadium and Kotokuraba Market, the two much awaited projects dear to the hearts of people in the metropolis, are progressing steadily with the stadium about 72 percent complete.

This came out when the Oguaa Traditional Council led by its president, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, Paramount Chief of the Oguaa Traditional Area, inspected the two projects on Monday.

The inspection was to afford the chiefs the opportunity to familiarize themselves with developmental projects underway in their traditional area.

Work on the 15,000 capacity stadium funded with a $30 million Chinese grant started in August 2013 and is expected to be completed in August this year.

Briefing the chiefs on progress of work, Mr. Tang Weiyi, Project Manager of the Stadium, said the four sections of the stands, rooms and structural and other major works had been completed with installation works ongoing and that very soon the steel covering would be fixed.

He said the running tracks, the pitch, two big tower lights and other works would also be done soon and gave the assurance that the project would be completed on schedule and handed over.

When completed, the stadium will have eight runway tracks, a natural grass football field, three parking lots, two outdoor basketball courts, one outdoor handball court, a boxing training court, a press conference hall and a media room.

Other facilities include a medical room, an audience emergency room, two referee rooms, three management rooms, three facility storages, two security rooms, two VIP lobby halls, four athletic lounges, 22 guest rooms and a number of track and field sports devices.

The Kotokuraba Market started in October last year and expected to be completed in March 2016 and is being funded with a 200 million Yuan loan from the Chinese government.

Mr. Ma Chao, the Project Manager, said section B of the market was 30 percent complete while the section A, which is the site of the old market, before its demolition, had reached 10 percent progress.

He said the market will have 460 stalls, 28 supermarkets, 130 shops, two restaurants, a bank area, parking lot, fire department and other facilities and gave the assurance that it would be handed over as scheduled.

Osabarima Kwesi Atta expressed satisfaction with progress of work on both projects, urged the contractors to endeavor to handover the project as scheduled.

Ghanaian workers on the two projects complained about their, saying they were too low and appealed to the government to intervene.

They said those working atthe sport stadium are paid a minimum of Ghc12 per day while those working on the high steel covering of the stadium which is said to be risky are paid Ghc20 per day.

The skilled workers at the Kotokuraba Market are paid Ghc25 cedis per day and the labourers receive about 15 Ghana cedis depending on attendance.

According to them, they were made to pay their own medical expenses and there was no form of insurance for them.

When asked about the insurance, both project managers said the workers were not insured because they were casual workers.
Source: GNA

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