17 January 2013

Ghana: Tamale Assembly to Address Sanitation Problems

Tamale — The Coordinating Director of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, Alhaji Shehu Awudu Kadiri, has announced plans by the Assembly to tackle the concerns being raised by the chief and people of Tamale, concerning poor waste management, hawkers on pavements, and stray animals.

The Assembly would be meeting with the press and other stakeholders to discuss ways of bringing the deteriorating city back on track, and how to get rid of the large number of hawkers on the streets of Tamale.

The hawkers have taken over the pavements, especially, on the roads stretching from the Fidelity Bank building down to the Zenith Bank, to the Vodafone office road, through to the Aboabo Market.

The situation is creating immense discomfort for pedestrians, motorists and drivers who ply those portions of the road.

The Metro Coordinating Director, in an interview with The Chronicle at his office in reaction to concerns raised by the Chief of Tamale and some members of the Concerned Citizens Association of Tamale, maintained that the assembly had noted with dismay the activities of the hawkers.

Alhaji Shehu Kadiri said that the Assembly would first of all meet with the press on January 18 this year, after which other meetings would be held with other stakeholders, including opinion leaders, assembly members and butchers, as well as other pressure groups, in order to arrive at a consensus on how to deal with the matter.

According to him, the assembly would also tackle the issue of stray animals causing a nuisance on the streets.

He noted that the Assembly had identified some owners of the stray animals, and would soon serve them invitation letters to discuss how they could manage the creatures.

It would be recalled that the Chief of Tamale, Naa Dakpema Mahamoud Alhassan Dawuni, speaking to The Chronicle at his Royal Palace as part of his New Year Message for the people, ferociously criticised the Mayor of Tamale, Alhaji Abdulai Haruna Friday, for what he termed his "clear show of incompetence and lack of vision towards the development of the Metropolis."

The Chief asserted that the Tamale Metropolis, since the assumption of office of the current Mayor in 2009, had seen very little or no improvement, especially in ensuring law and order, proper waste management, beautification of the city, and maintenance of existing structures.

Naa Alhassan Dawuni complained that the tenure of Alhaji Haruna Friday had brought about a total breakdown of law and order, citing specific instances of traders, hawkers, motorists and other individuals continually flouting the laws.

The Concerned Citizens Association of Tamale (CCAT), led by its President, Alhassan Basharu Daballi, also launched a similar attack on the Mayor for allowing Tamale to deteriorate.

The Tamale Concerned Citizens, therefore, called on the President to remove Alhaji Friday and replace him with a more competent person, who would have the kind of vision required to move the city forward.

They insisted that they would oppose any attempt by President John Dramani Mahama to maintain Alhaji Friday as Mayor of Tamale or for any other position.

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