Residents of several suburbs in Tamale in the Northern region of Ghana were living without power after an already ravaged Gridco substation in the metropolis was hit by a minor blast Thursday evening.

The blast destroyed some stressed power equipment at the control room of the substation that were installed to temporary evacuate power to customers following an earlier incident in November last year which has sparked a biting unstable power supply for many months in the city.

Mechanics working at the Tamale Industrial Park have raised fears their shops may collapse due to lack of equipment and government support.

Secretary to the Mechanics Workers Union, Musah Hamza, said many mechanic shops at the park are filled with old inefficient machines, adding that the lack of funds has made it difficult for the owners to have the equipment replaced.

According to him, the problem has been compounded by the lack of spare parts, adding, “Most of our stores, which had plenty parts, are now filled with cobwebs”.

The Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) Iddrisu Musah Superior on Friday April 6, 2018 held a meeting with past Chief Executives of the metropolis in a bid to tap from their experiences to, among other things, help him implement his “Tamale Project”.

First of its kind in the metropolis, the meeting brought together nine past MCEs whose tenure ranged between 1969 and 2012.

A statement issued and signed by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the assembly, Issah Salifu Musah explained that the former MCEs took turns to share their experiences with Mr Musah Superior.

The owners of 14 tipper trucks and one excavator at Afa Yili near Dalung in the Kumbungu district have cried foul after their trucks were set ablaze.

They massed at the Tamale Chief’s (Dakpema) palace on Sunday March 4, 2018 and demanded a full-scale inquiry into the destruction of their properties.

They also threatened to demonstrate against government if the issue is not thoroughly investigated and the owners compensated.

The Dakpema Palace’s entertainment Chief, Mohammed Hafiz Dema Naa in a Citi News interview condemned the dastardly act and supported calls for full-scale investigations.

According to him, the situation could further impoverish the affected owners.

Mohammed Hafiz Dema suggested that the trucks should have been seized and the owners fined by a law court.

He emphasized that the Dakpema palace wouldn’t condone any illegality and called for diplomacy in handling such matters.

It is yet unclear who sanctioned the operation because Citi News sources within the Regional Security Council did not indicate any involvement.

National security operatives to guard White Volta River-GWCL

The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) will engage national security operatives to stop sand winning activities around the banks of the Nawuni River (White Volta River) in the Kumbungu district of the Northern Region.

The Managing Director of the GWCL, Dr. Clifford Braimah disclosed his administration’s intention to the media when members of the GWCL’s Governing Board toured the Dalun water treatment plant which serves the entire Tamale Metropolitan Area and beyond.

Dr. Clifford Braimah said about 54 percent of the overall total water supply to the Northern Region could not be accounted for.

He attributed the problem to illegal connections and customers deliberate refusal to pay their bills.

“A lot of people are doing illegal connections and so we want to get them to stop. If you have a neighbour who is refusing to pay or doing illegal connection, if I’m calculating my tarriff, I see the water that he’s using as unaccounted for”, he explained.

The uncontrolled sand winning activities overtime has destroyed farmlands and the ecosystem along the river banks.

As a result, the depth of the river has drastically reduced over the years due to silts which have incapacitated its water holding ability.

The silting of the river is threatening its future capacity to supply the required volumes of water supply to over 500,000 residents of five districts in the Northern Region.

The shallowness of the river has also resulted into perennial flooding of communities along its banks which sometimes lead to loss of lives and property.

Meanwhile, upgrading of the Yendi and Damongo water projects will commence by mid-2018.

Dr. Clifford Braimah said the contracts have been signed awaiting financial clearance by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP).

The GWCL Governing Board also visited the Tono and the Vea water treatment plants that serve Navrongo and the Bolgatanga Municipalities in the Upper East Region.


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