President Akufo-Addo on Monday, 2nd December, 2019, as part of his 3-day tour of the Greater Accra Region, inspected the completed Madina Zongo Astroturf.
The turf has been built to create a conducive environment for the training and development of sporting talent in Zongo communities.
Commissioning the turf, President Akufo-Addo showed off his soccer skills by kicking a penalty kick but was unable to put the ball past Boniface Abubakar Saddique, Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina.
Even before its commissioning by the President, on the 15th and 16th of November, the national soccer team, the Black Stars, trained on the Madina Astro Turf prior to enplaning for Sao Tome and Principe for their 2021 Africa Cup of Nation qualifying match.
Already, five Astro turfs, with spectator stands and dressing rooms, have been constructed across the country. In addition, five recreational parks were completed, in 2019, for use at Bolgatanga, Salaga, Yeji, Tafo-Kumasi and Akim Oda. These parks were provided with green turfs, inner perimeter fencing, reserve player seats and mechanised boreholes for grass maintenance.
The Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development, Sheikh Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, stated that his Ministry is currently executing 62 projects across the 16 regions of the country, which include the construction and rehabilitation of schools, access roads, drainage systems, water systems, street lights and the provision of furniture for schools.
Ho noted that, under the Zongo Cuisine Promotion Project, over 500 women have been trained in branding, food packaging, financial literacy and business registration and documentation.