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02.11.2007 Sports News

Starlets, Togo To Open Ohene Djan Stadium

The refurbished Ohene Djan Stadium is ready and will be commissioned on November 11, with a friendly encounter between Ghana's Under-17 side the Black Starlets and their Togolese counterparts.

The 40,000-seater stadium underwent a complete make-over furnished with up-to-date facilities including a play-back electronic scoreboard, an enhanced VVIP lounge as well as a well-equipped media centre.

Yesterday, the Italian contractor, Michelletti Limited, technically handed over the project to the government after which the contractors were tasked to prepare the facility for the official commissioning to be performed by the President, John Agyekum Kufuor.

The government represented by the Cabinet sub-committee, had a technical meeting with the contractors, inspected the stadium, before taking possession of the facility with a symbolic ceremony.

The sub-committee was led by the Chief of Staff, Mr Kwadwo Mpiani and included the Minister of Finance Economic Planning, Mr Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu, Minister of Local Government Rural Development and Environment, Mr Kwadwo Agyei Darko, the Chief Advisor to the President, Mrs Mary Chinery-Hesse and the Secretary to Cabinet, Mr S. Mpare.

The ministerial team from the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports , made up the Minister, Prof. Dominic Fobih, Ms Elizabeth Ohene, the Minister of State and the Deputy Minister, Mr O.B Amoah, were also present for the technical handing over.

The team expressed satisfaction with the job undertaken by the contractors and expressed the hope that it would live up to its expectation as a national edifice.

Meanwhile, The Essipong Stadium in the Western Region will be handed over to government today, while the Northern Regional Minister has been asked to take possession of the stadium in Tamale as soon as possible.

The two facilities, constructed by the Shanghai Construction Company from China, have been completed and dates will be set for their official commissioning after they have been handed over.

The Baba Yara Stadium which has also undergone extensive refurbishment, will be the last to be handed over by the contractors, Consar Limited, to government on November 15 for commissioning at a later date.

Story by Rosalind Amoh