THE construction of a $1 million shopping centre is set to commence in Fadama, the central business district of Wa municipality in the Upper West Region of the of Ghana, according to Alhaji Issahaku Tahiru Moomin, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE).
‘The site for the construction has been acquired and the affected persons resettled. We have also completed the procurement processes for the construction and awarded the contract,’ said the MCE adding that, ‘once the project breaks ground it will take approximately 9 months to complete.’
Upon completion, the shopping centre will comprise 98 modern stores and a police post, a fire station, crèche, pavement, car park, and a 300-sitting capacity town hall.
The project will be implemented under the first phase of the Ghana Secondary Cities Support Programme that seeks to improve urban management and basic urban services in 255 selected municipality in the Upper West Region of the West African country.
The Ghana Secondary Cities Support Programme
The Ghana Secondary Cities Support Programme is a part of the broader Urban Development and Decentralization Action Plan of the government of the Republic of Ghana.
It is funded by the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) that helps the world’s poorest developing countries by providing concessional grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programmes that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve people’s lives.
The programme’s aim is to ensure the effective and efficient management of urban centres by strengthening local systems and focus on municipal assemblies through the provision of incentives to improve their performance as city managers.
It will also assist regional and national institutions to provide municipal assemblies with the support needed for effective urban management and basic service delivery.