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Disorder on Tamale Roads

2007-07-28 13:36:49
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Tamale Central
The inability of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly (TAMA) to ensure that car washing bays are properly sited is causing a lot of disorderliness on roads in the Tamale metropolis.

Not only do vehicle owners, particularly taxi drivers, wash their cars on the shoulders of the roads at any spot where they can find water, but their undisciplined practices are also shortening the lifespan of the beautiful roads in the metropolis.

A visit to the Water Works would make any taxpayer weep as bitumen on the shoulders of the roads at that particular area are being slowly washed away, leaving the bare gravel.

The situation at Vittin, just after the African Touch Restaurant is not different. Water from a nearby dam is used in washing cars at a junction on the main road and because much attention is not being paid to such practices, more washing bays are opening up along the Kumbungu road (Filling Point area) every day and night.

Another area of concern is the springing up of wayside mechanics (fitters) who also site their shops and stalls at every available space along the well laid-out roads. They include vehicle, motorbike and bicycle repairers and vulcanisers.

As a result of the inaction of the assembly their numbers are increasing daily, to the amazement of residents, who also look on unconcerned. Some of such awful structures are actually sited along the main road leading to the assembly’s own premises at the Agric Ridge.

There is, however, the urgent need for the assembly to find an immediate solution to this situation that is clearly growing out of proportion as the nation prepares to host the CAN 2008 tournament, for which Tamale has been selected as one of the four venues.

Indeed, the most worrisome aspect of the situation is the fact that this poses danger to motorists and pedestrians due to the haphazard parking and repairing of faulty vehicles on the shoulders of the roads and the spillage of oil from the engines is also slowly destroying the multi-billion-cedi roads.

Driving on the recently constructed industrial area road is not a pleasant experience.

Barely three months after the completion of work on the road which is meant to link motorists to the main Tamale/Kumasi road and avoiding the central business area, some mechanics have begun using part of the road as garages where they repair broken-down vehicles resulting in the spillage of oil on the road.

How long must this indiscipline continue while the assembly looks on unperturbed?

Another area of concern is the police barracks behind the Giddipass Restaurant where some mechanics and electricians have located their shops.

A visit to the place at any time of the day will reveal parked vehicles on one side of the road, which are obstructing traffic.

A 21-year-old student, Mary Adams, deplored the apparent lawlessness of some of the people and "appealed to the assembly to do something about this undisciplined behaviour now, instead of waiting till the last minute when visitors begin arriving for the tournament before acting."

Others the Daily Graphic spoke to also chastised the assembly for their inability to enforce their own by-laws.

The Mayor of Tamale, Mr Mohammed Amin Adam Anta, has however given the assurance that a task force would be put in place to clear the metropolis of such’ unlawful structures and practices to ensure sanity.

It is hoped that these assurances would not be mere promises but that the assembly and the people would really rally behind the chief executive to ensure that the dream becomes a reality to give Tamale the befitting status of a metropolis.


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