The Ghana Enterprise Investment (GEI) Limited-made up of Italian and Ghanaian Consultants, in collaboration with the government of Ghana, LeKMA and the Presbyterian Church of Ghana has begun a dialogue on the conversion of more than 50years old refuse dumpsite in Teshie into a recreational park.
This initiative is part of the contribution to the vision of the President of the Republic of Ghana-Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to turn Accra into the cleanest city in Africa.
The Member of Parliament for Sharma- Hon. Ato Pamford who led the team of consultants to the meeting made a power point presentation on the current situation of the refuse dumpsite and then how the recreational park would look like when completed.
The project will be in phases with the Phase I covering about 10,000 sq. kilometres. This will be free to the government of Ghana and the Phase II which will cover about 30,000 sq. kilometres will be on a Public Private Partnership terms between, LeKMA, the central government and GEI Ltd.
The Municipal Chief Executive of LeKMA, Hon. Evelyn N.A. Twum-Gyamrah and the Hon. Assembly Member for the Akro West Electoral Area, the Municipal Coordinating Director of LeKMA, the representatives of the Teshie Peniel Presbyterian Church Congregation, the members of Teshie Traditional Council, the head of Waste Management Unit of LeKMA, Information Services Department, Development Planning Unit, Physical Planning Unit, Education Unit and Works Department were all present to make the necessary contributions to the plans and drawings of the would be park.
Other participants also asked questions and made inputs to the drawings as presented by the consultant. Some suggested that due to global warming issues, there should be irrigation facility to aid in keeping the place green as seen in the pictures.
Another participant from the traditional council mentioned that there is a shrine located at where the project is to take place, hence the Gbugblang clan should be consulted before an excavation of the land is done.
Management issues when the facility is complete and safety of the school children when construction starts were also raised by participants and addressed by the consultants.
At the end of the deliberations, the Presbyterian Church requested that a formal letter should be written to the church so that there could in turn give a response to the government.