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2007-04-19 12:49:39
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The Concerned Citizens’ Association of Tamale on Tuesday staged a three-hour peaceful demonstration in the Metropolis and called on the government to fulfil its constitutional mandate to rehabilitate the Tamale Teaching Hospital to befit its status.

The demonstration started from the Regional Police Park at about 9:05 hours through the principal streets of the Metropolis and ended at the Regional Coordinating Council, where the President of the Association, Mr Basharu Alhassan Daballi, presented a petition, which enumerated some of the problems the Hospital was facing.

Mr Mohammed Amin Adam, Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive, received the seven-page petition on behalf of the Regional Minister, Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris.

The demonstrators numbered about 600 and clad in red with red armbands, to indicate their seriousness about the rehabilitation of the Hospital.

They carried placards, some of which read: "Ghana at 50, Tamale at zero, why", "Tamale Regional Hospital is a real disgrace", "Please remember the day of accountability", "We also pay tax", "We are part of Ghana."

Mr Adam assured the Association of government’s commitment to the development of the Northern Region, citing the on-going construction of hostels for the University for Development Studies (UDS) and the new Sports Stadium.

"People did not stage a demonstration to compel the government to undertake these projects, which are currently at the point of completion," he said, adding that the government was equally responsive to the plight of the people.

The MCE commended the Association for ensuring a peaceful demonstration and urged the leaders to contribute meaningfully to the development of the Region.

In an interview with the GNA, Mr Daballi said the Association would continue to embark on demonstrations until their demands were met.

He said the Association would also consider the option of taking legal action against the government should the demonstrations fail to yield results.

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