05.11.2007 Sports News

First CAN 2008 stadium handed over

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Contractors working the Essipong Sports Stadium Complex near Sekondi - one of the match venues for the African Cup of Nations - has been handed over.

Chinese firm, Shangai Construction Company on Friday handed over the completed stadium to the Western Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) at a short ceremony at Essipong.

The 20,008 capacity stadium was completed within the stipulated time of 20 months.

Mr Zhang, the Deputy Project Manager of the Company handed over the keys to the stadium to Mr Samuel Tawiah, a representative of Multigroup Consultants, the consultants of the project, who in turn presented them to Mr Anthony Evans Amoah, the Regional Minister.

Mr Amoah said the stadium is an important national asset for which the people must make sure they make it their responsibility of protecting and maintaining.

Mr Osei Bonsu Amoah, Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Sports said the stadium was completed at a cost of 38.5 million dollars.

He announced that the national athletics championship would be held at the stadium next week.

The Deputy Minister gave the assurance that the Shangai Construction Company would leave behind a skeleton staff to maintain the stadium and offer 12 months maintenance training to Ghanaians to take over from them.

Mr Amoah said the Ministry would also train local people on the maintenance of the stadium.

He said the gate fees for the Ghana 2008 has not been finalised and that discussions were still on-going to decide how much to peg the gate fees to enable many more people to watch the matches live.

Mr Philip Kwesi Nkrumah, Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Chief Executive said the National Sports Council has a critical role to play in the maintenance of the stadium.

Mr Nkrumah said some facilities like the hotels and the restaurants would be sub-let to individuals and companies.

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