The Aboadze community in the Shama District of the Western Region has benefited from GH 150,000 socio-economic investment by METKA; the Engineering – Procurement – Construction unit of MYTILINEOS S. A., a multinational Greek company operating in Ghana.
The Company specialises in the construction of power plants from design and procurement through to construction and completion, and has achieved an unprecedented penetration in developing markets abroad.
The company at its inception with the construction of thermal plants in the Aboadze Power enclave, pledged to support community development, and this investment is no testament to it.
The market when completed would provide traders the convenience and security to undertake their business, as compared to their miserableness experienced with the old and “hazardous” market shed in the community.
The ultra modern market would be constructed on 640 square foot land, and would among other features, have a decent sanitary and water system. It is expected to be ready for use by traders by October this year.
At a sod cutting ceremony for the project, Operations Manager of METKA, Mawuli Asempa indicated that, “the idea to construct the market by METKA falls in line with the 2030 UN agenda for SDG’s that seeks to eradicate poverty by addressing the inequalities in incomes and economic opportunities between and within countries, rural and urban areas, men and women,… an initiative which the company undertakes worldwide”
According to him, the goodwill and manpower derived from the community is most appreciated by management of the company, and that motivated decisions for executing the project.
He considered the project “as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility in Ghana”
“We seek to promote people centered approach to poverty eradication, advocating the empowerment of people living in poverty in rural areas through their full participation in all aspects of political, economic and social life, especially the most vulnerable groups of society” Mr Mawuli Asempa added.
For his part, District Chief executive of Shama, Joseph Amoah commended METKA for taking up the initiative. He outlined the relevance of the market to the local Shama Community when completed.
“The relevance of a Public Market as one for which construction is set to commence, cannot be overemphasized. A Public Market as this, would add vibrancy, character and functionality to Aboadze community, the entire district and beyond. It would enhance our access to healthy foods as well as several other items that make our lives a lot more comfortable” he emphasised.
“This market, when completed and operating, would highlight our culture as a people and add value to our community. Further, the economy of Aboadze and our district as a whole would experience a significant surge upon completion and commencement of operations” Mr Amoah stressed.
Chief of Aboadze, Nana Kobina Atom II remarked that the project will enhance opportunities and improve businesses for traders and residents of Aboadze. He urged to contractor to use quality materials in executing the project, and as well complete the project within schedule.
METKA is currently constructing a 250mw fast track power plant at Aboadze. The contribution of the company to the Ghana’s energy sector continue to grow with the award of two new projects, 192MW Combine Cycle Amandi Energy Plant in Aboadze and 200MW Combine Cycle Bridge Power Plant in Tema. In all, the company has about 850MW Combined Cycle projects.