Bongo Assembly completes new market to promote trade

Economic activity in the Bongo district of the Upper East Region will soon be given a major boost as the Bongo District Assembly has completed a new market for the area.

The market will be opened as soon as a toilet and mechanized borehole facility which come with it are complete.

The market which is known as the jubilee market was started by the erstwhile NPP government led by John Agyekum Kuffuor but was left uncompleted since 2007.

It has now been completed by the Bongo District Assembly in order to increase retail activities in the district and economically empower Bongo citizens.

The market has about 60 stores, 40 sheds, an abattoir and a day care center.

In addition to completing the jubilee market, the Bongo district assembly has also handed over a site for the construction of a ten-seater water closet toilet facility and a mechanized borehole to serve people who will be using the market.

The GHC 100,000 toilet and mechanized borehole project when completed, will enhance sanitation in the district as open defecation is currently widely practiced there.

Handing over the site for the construction of the facility to the contractor, Bongo District Chief Executive, Alexis Adugdaa Ayamdoo said the market when completed, will not only create employment to the teeming unemployed citizens in the area but will also generate income for the district assembly.

To avoid a situation where the jubilee market will be polluted with human excreta, the Bongo District assembly has decided to keep the market closed until the toilet facility is completed.

Paramount chief of the Bongo traditional area, Naba Baba Salifu Lemyaarum was glad that the District assembly took the step to provide a decent place for trading in the area.

The Bongo District Assembly has also handed over a three-classroom block funded by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GetFund) to the Tarongo Junior High School and a District Assembly Common Fund project to Bongo Soe primary ‘B’ at a cost of GHC 145,000.

The District Chief Executive said the projects are in line with government’s directive for all assemblies to construct two-number 3 classroom blocks and two-number Community Health Planning Service (CHPS) compounds.

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