NORTHERN REGIONAL MINISTER JOINED VICE PRESIDENT TO CUT SOD FOR TAMALE TO TATALE ROAD CONSTRUCTION

The Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu joined H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Monday, 13 June 2022 to cut sod for the construction of the Tamale, Yendi to Tatale road.
The initiative, which is under the Transport Sector Improvement Project, forms part of H. E. The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s year of roads agenda.
Hon. Shani in his welcome address, expressed excitement and gratitude to the President and the Vice for the massive development in the Northern Region.
He said the project is bound to contribute immensely towards enhancing the lives of the people by growing businesses and raising incomes as well as facilitating the movement of goods and services with neighbouring countries.
He mentioned that Northern Region is receiving a fair share of the national cake and he hopes that more will come in to accelerate the development of the region, as the region still has some challenges with some of the roads.
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in his keynote address revealed that, in the Northern region, the roads under construction include; upgrading of Zabzugu – Nakpali (51km is 60% complete), rehabilitation of Salaga-Kpandai (52km is 50% complete), upgrading of Salaga-Bimbilla (71km is 56% complete), upgrading of Nantong-Karaga (61km is 45% complete), and upgrading of Karaga-Gushegu (24km is 30% complete).
According to him, the project is expected to be completed in two years, but under the terms of the contract, the contractors will be undertaking maintenance works for five more years.
He added that the 167km Highway between Tatale and Tamale, and an additional 670km and 240 km of feeder roads will be rehabilitated in the Upper West and Bono East Regions, respectively as part of the current contract.
“It means under this Transport Sector Improvement Project, 1,077km of roads will be rehabilitated within the next two years.
“Good road networks are essential in linking producers to markets, workers to jobs, students to school, and the sick to hospitals. Undoubtedly, roads are vital to any development plan,” he said.
He urged the Ministry of Roads and Highways to ensure that adequate traffic management measures are provided during construction to reduce the inconvenience that the works will bring to the traveling public and residents.
He appealed to the contractors to be mindful of the environmental protection laws of this country and institute measures to reduce the negative impact of the project on the health and safety of our people.
He added that, it is Government’s expectation that the contractors shall engage local labour (both skilled and unskilled) within the catchment area for the works.
“The project when completed will boast the economic activities, reduce the unemployment rate, reduce the rate of road accidents, reduce travel times and minimize teachers’ lateness to school,” he said.
The Chief of Karaga(Na-bakpem Kari-Naa, Abdulai Nantogma), a representative of the King of Dagbon, commended the government for bringing this historic project.
“The Tamale-Yendi-Tatale roads projects are considered timely since Eastern corridor road project is nearing completion and will cause vehicular diversion from the Tamale-Kumasi Road towards the Eastern part of the country,” he said.
He harnessed the opportunity to call on the government to consider relocating some of the ministries, departments and institutional head offices in Accra and Kumasi to the five Northern regions to help ease the age long traffic congestion in the two cities and further bridge the infrastructural gap between the North and South.

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