The Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah has revealed that the renovations works that will be carried out at the Essipong Sports Stadium will cost GH¢17.8million.
He disclosed this information when he embarked on a general inspection exercise at the Essipong Sports Stadium, Sekondi, yesterday May 4.
Briefing the media after the inspection, he said the renovation works will cost GH¢17.8million and the scope of work is in two phases.
According to him, the initial phase will cover the replacement of existing defective roofing sheets, sandblasting corroded roofing steels, and application of heavy-duty coating system to guard against further deterioration of the metal structure from the mid-west to the south stand.
It will also include the replacement of damaged roof structural steel frame and bolts, waterproof treatment of leaking areas, general renovation of offices, plumbing and air-conditioning repairing works, renovation of all sanitary appliances, lifts, and fire fighting systems.
He added that phase two of the project will cover the renovation of the spectators’ seats, electrical installations, completion of hotel/hostel facilities and other works.
The minister further revealed that the facility will be completed in 12 months and will be executed by CISDAN Limited.
The facility, built ahead of Ghana hosting the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations tournament has been in a horrible state due to a poor maintenance culture.
The Sports Minister’s inspection team comprised of the Western Regional Minister, Hon Kobby Okyere Darko, Hon. Joe Ghartey (MP), the Minister of Railways Development and Mr. Anthony K. K. Sam, the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Sekondi Takoradi.
The rest are Frank Quist, Chief Director, MInistry of Youth and Sports, Kwadwo Baah Agyeman, Board Chairman, National Sports Authority and Professor Peter Twumasi, Director General, National Sports Authority.