Plans are far advanced by the New Juaben Municipal Assembly (NJMA) to secure a parcel of land for the construction of a modern wood village, for members of Wood Workers Association (WWA) to enhance and promote their activities in the municipality.
The construction was in fulfillment of promise made by the assembly to the association about a year ago, as a result of consistent petitions by the association to have a decent place of operations.
Speaking to the Eastern File in an interview, the Municipal Director of the Town Planning Department, Mr. Sylvester Adda Pwailo, explained that the land for the construction, which was situated at Nyamekrom, a suburb of Koforidua, was to be developed in order to afford the association, as well as other artisans, a better place for their activities.
According to him, it was the desire of the assembly to help and support the small scale industry in the municipality, in order to make life meaningful for them, as well as find solutions to the issue of unemployment.
The Chairman of the New Juaben Association, Mr. Samuel Amartey, stated that the village, when constructed, would help curtail the situation of members who ply their trade along the roadsides being ejected, which has led to the loss of many lives in recent times, as well as the wrath of the city authorities.
He cited the wood village in the Volta Region, which according to him, had contributed immensely towards improving the working conditions of members, thus the effort and commitment of the assembly to construct a wood village for members in the municipality is a worthy cause, since it would enhance their activities.
“The village would serve as a high learning ground for members, as there would be transfer of knowledge, ideas and expertise when completed, since a pool of artisans with special skills that could attract clients would be housed under the same roof,” he mentioned.