A SOD-CUTTING CEREMONY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW OFFICE COMPLEX FOR THE PUBLIC RECORDS AND ARCHIVES ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT (PRAAD)

Friday, June 3, 2016

A SOD-CUTTING CEREMONY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW OFFICE COMPLEX FOR THE PUBLIC RECORDS AND ARCHIVES ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT (PRAAD)

The Head of the Civil Service, Nana Agyekum Dwamena, has performed a Sod- Cutting Ceremony for the construction of an Ultra-Modern Office Complex estimated at an amount of one million, one hundred and nine thousand Ghana Cedis (GHȻ1,109,000) for the Public Records and Archives Administration Department (PRAAD).

The facility is expected to enhance the storage of archival materials for PRAAD with an in- built Conference Hall, nine Office spaces, one Search Room, and one big Reference Room, as well as washroom facilities.

The symbolic ceremony took place at the forecourt of PRAAD Headquarters, on the 6th April, 2016 in Accra, where Nana Agyekum Dwamena charged Messers Achiro Limited, the Construction firm tasked with the responsibility of executing the contract, to complete the project on schedule.

He bemoaned that some construction firms after winning contracts, failed to deliver on time and in some instances abandon the projects, a situation he said was unacceptable.

He observed that the project when completed would further enhance the efficiency of PRAAD.

Nana Agyekum Dwamena, used this rare occasion to commend the Japanese Government for the laudable gesture in providing financial support towards the realization of the objective, which is aimed at strengthening Ghana’s Public Records Keeping Management.

The Acting Director of PRAAD, Mr, Felix Nyarko Ampong, who was apparently enthused about Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) kind gesture, seized the opportunity to commend the Japanese government for their generous support.

He hinted that plans are far advanced to digitize all the archival materials from PRAAD and therefore, the intervention of JICA in this direction would hasten and facilitate the easy implementation of the project.

Mr. Nyarko Ampong, stressed that PRAAD serves as a Central repository institution which stores and manages records of all transactions and activities of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on behalf of the Government of Ghana.

On his part, the Site Engineer of the project, Mr. Ishmel Oyortey, promised that the project would be delivered as scheduled according to the eight months duration given from April, 2016 to December, 2016.

Present at the function were staff of PRAAD as well as the staff of The Office of the Head of Civil Service.