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08.01.2005 Football News

Work on Tema Sports Stadium near completion

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Tema, Jan. 8, GNA - The Tema Municipal Assembly has started the upgrading some recreational facilities in the Municipality as part of its measures to achieve its 2005 Youth Policy.

Almost 80 percent of the first phase of reconstruction work on the Tema Sports Stadium is near completion while some areas including the Shamo Quaye Memorial Park, Manhean Park and the Roman Catholic Park at Ashaiman, reserved for recreational purposes have been fenced to prevent developers from encroaching on those lands.

The Public Relation's Officer of the Municipal Assembly, Mr Frank Asante, who disclosed these to the GNA Sports on Friday, said the second phase of the stadium project would include the construction of structures for other indoor activities like swimming, volley ball, lawn tennis as well as an Information Communication Technology Centre.

He said the Assembly has so far got the assurance from one of its sister cities, Greenwich to support the project which after completion would have a 25,000 seating capacity.

He said some years past Tema produced international football stars for the country and hoped the development of the projects by the Assembly would help the youth to identify and unearth their sporting talents.

Commenting on the Municipal Assembly's relationship with the Tema Development Corporation (TDC), the PRO described it as cordial and said any hitches between them were administrative which were handled accordingly at that level.

Mr Asante explained that TMA recognises TDC as its development partner with their roles well defined, adding that, "at the end of the day it's the development of Tema that we are all working for".

He stated further that the TDC since 1952 have been operating within the acquisition area released to it by the then Government whiles the TMA by the Legislative Instrument that set it up mandates it to supervise the final planning and development of the Municipality.

The PRO however appealed to developers operating within the Assembly's area of jurisdiction to ensure that they contact the Engineers Department of the Assembly to acquire or regularise their documents.

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