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Metropolis Congratulated for Neatness

2007-06-02 11:17:46
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The Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Environment, Mr Stephen Asamoah-Boateng , has congratulated the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) and residents of the metropolis for keeping the city clean.

He has also urged them to sustain the sanitation drive because of one of the four venues for CAN 2008, the area would be attracting thousands of visitors during the tournament.

The minister was addressing a special meeting of the TAMA last Monday as part of his week-long tour of the Northern Region.

"Throughout my rounds, I have observed that Tamale is one of the very few cities where residents have worked hard to keep the city tidy," he revealed.

The Tamale metropolis was voted me neatest city in the country in 2005.

He commended the chiefs and people of Tamale for the prevailing harmony in the metropolis and entreated them to sustain the progress made so far in the quest for lasting unity in order to attract the needed investment for the accelerated development of the metropolis.

The minister observed that the intermittent disturbances that occurred in the area in the wake of the Dagbon chieftaincy crisis in 2002 were gradually giving way to mvestment opportunities and development projects.

He further noted that "Tamale is strategycally located in the country; when the potentials of the metropolis is properly harnessed, it could take advantage of the influx of traders from the neighbouring Sahelian countries such as Burkina Faso and Mali."

The minister was impressed with tne harmony and co-operation among members of the TAMA and also commended them for taking the lead in organising a business forum in Accra and Tamale to attract investers.

The TAMA Chief Executive, Mr Mohammed Amin Adam Anta, said the assembly had made a lot of gains in its development efforts over the years.

According to him, "we have embarked on a vigorous investment promotion for job and wealth creation for which reason the assembly has already held investment forums in Accra and Tamale.

Mr Adam Anta underscored the urgent need to reposition the city to attract businesses that could exploit the opportunities in real estate development, banking and other sectors, which are yet to be tapped in the metropolis.

"With a population of over 350,006 in an area that is one of the fastest growing cities in the West African Sub-region, there are a lot of advantages for any investor who would venture to put his money in the metropolis," Mr Anta intimated.

He disclosed that at the moment, more than four banks were ready to establish their branches in the metropolis, "Amalgamated Bank has already taken the lead the completion of work on their office premises and would be opening soon."

He said the assembly had also embarked on the promotion of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in schools in the metropolis and that consultations were far advanced to establish a broadband facility to begin an Internet project.

On the recent rainstorm disaster in the metropolis, Mr Adam Anta expressed appreciation to President J.A. Kufuor, the government, political parties organisations and individuals for their tremendous
support in helping to resettle some of the victims.


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