“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela.
For decades she looked dejected, desolate and alone. She seemed unappealing, devalued, overgrown with weeds, cracks, moldy walls & roof leakages after years of abandonment, a testimonial to the abilities of nature and neglect. Very lonely indeed! Such was the story of the State House Tower Block, otherwise known as JOB 600.
The Job 600 project was birthed in 1965. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s original intention was to construct the State House Tower Block (JOB600) to serve as the venue for the meeting of the Organization of African Unity (O.A.U). He believed that the State Building would showcase Ghana as a Country with the potential and ability to host international events, and a demonstration of Africa’s growing technical capabilities. However, this dream was shattered.
In 2009, the Parliamentary Services Board under the auspices of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH), recognized an urgent need for office spaces to house the Members of Parliament and key departments of the Parliamentary Service.
The Parliament of Ghana through the Parliamentary Services Board then awarded the contract to ADK Consortium as Consultants of the Conversion of the 12-Storey, 3-Bay State House Tower Block Project. The ultimate aim of the project was to Rehabilitate and Convert the State House Tower Block into offices for Members of Parliament.
After several months of rehabilitation works which comprised structural retrofitting of the physical structure of the Tower Block, a complete rehabilitation of the electrical and mechanical services, comprising Electrical supply and distribution (including back-up generators), Water supply and distribution, Sewerage and Refuse disposal, Fire safety installation and 10 No. passenger and service Elevators as well as Finishing works which also comprised the placement of furniture and the supply of equipment including Televisions, Refrigerators, Photocopiers, Printers and Scanners with necessary accessories had been completed, the JOB 600 Project, was finally ready to be handed over to the Sixth Parliament of the Fourth Republic.
Friday, November 6, 2015, will be remembered in history as one of the most unique and momentous occasions as an iconic Edifice symbolic of our democratic credentials and the power of the Legislature was commissioned by His Excellency, President John Dramani Mahama. This brings an end to the era of Members of Parliament using the boots of their vehicles as libraries/offices and carrying sensitive files and research materials around.
The Tower Block now houses 252 offices comprising 192 Standard Offices for Members of Parliament, 48 Standard plus Offices for Committee Chairmen of Parliament, 12 Prime Offices for the Leadership of Parliament, 12 Meeting Rooms and 10 Committee Rooms. Other ancillary facilities available include a 300-seater Auditorium, Kitchen, Chapel, Mosque, Gymnasium, Clinic, Library, Bank, Restaurant and Dining facilities for Members of Parliament and Parliamentary Staff as well as Staff and Visitors’ Screening Facilities.
Ing. Michael Krakue, Chairman of ADK Consortium, in his speech attributed the success of the JOB 600 Project to the professional Ghanaian co-operation which involved best practices, experience, commitment and support. He paid tribute to all concerned and expressed his appreciation to the project team and counterpart personnel and the contractor, China State Hualong Construction Ltd., all of whom played various roles in seeing to the successful execution of the project.
He however, appealed to the Leadership of Parliament to maintain a strict regime of maintenance to ensure the preservation of the JOB 600 Tower Block for now and for all times in the future.
ADK Consortium, as Consultants of the JOB 600 Project, stood in the frontline; they led the way through the challenging times, the nerve-wracking moments, the exciting milestones & the tight deadlines.
Today, the JOB 600 Tower Block stands tall, as one of the magnificent edifices on the Accra skyline, fully equipped to enhance the business of Parliament.
Source: ADK Consortium, 2015