The ongoing construction of the Achimota lorry terminal in Accra has almost been completed, and the place will be opened next month.
The terminal, which has the parking capacity for 800 vehicles, has other facilities which include a police post, a clinic, four 20-unit toilet facility, and 10 canteens which cost about GH¢1.2 million.
Other features include waiting sheds for commuters, electronic destination boards, offices for the local driver’s union, and close circuit television cameras to track down illegal activities.
This was discovered when the Mayor of Accra, Mr. Alfred O. Vaderpuije, inspected the extent of work at the terminal last Thursday.
He expressed satisfaction with work done so far, saying that the completion of the project would drastically ease the heavy traffic situation at that section of the dual carriageway, which commercial drivers have turned into lorry stations.
He said the Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s (AMA’s) commitment to ensuring that the newly–built terminal is managed effectively, include making sure that the activities of hawkers would not be allowed in the area, especially on major pavements lead into the lorry terminal.
He further inspected other road and drainage projects at GA Mashie (Guggisburg Avenue) and Dansoman. He also took the initiative to visit the Nii Boiman Market, and the Ayalolo Cluster of Schools, where he saw the deplorable state of the buildings.
The Ayalolo Cluster of Schools accommodates 19 schools, including 14 primary. It was also known that the staff and pupils of the school compete with Muslim worshippers, who use some of the verandas for prayers while classes are in session.
The school is also faced with security problems, due to the absence of a proper lighting system. With this, the Mayor gave an assurance that these challenges would be addressed to ensure security in and around the schools, for smooth academic activities.
He expressed strong disapproval over the poor sanitation in the metropolis, especially the lack of public places of convenience, and announced that contract had been awarded from the construction of 50 public toilets of convenience.
Source: The chronicle
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