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Tamale bus stop terminal poor sanitation; TaMA moves to fully secure station from filth and criminals


Tamale Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) has expressed concerned over the lukewarm attitude adopted by some traders and drivers towards good sanitation at the Tamale main bus terminal.

The assembly while commending the leadership of the various transport unions who operate at the bus stop calls on drivers and traders to take the insanitary conditions there seriously.  

On Saturday October,2023 the weekend, the assembly sanctioned taskforce, workforce one embarked on a clean-up exercise to get rid of filth that has engulfed the bus stop.

Members of the workforce together some loading boys desilted some choked gutters in and around the bus stop.

Head of the workforce one, Mr Abdul Samed Muktar said aside cleaning the station, plans are far advance to fight against indiscipline around the bus stop which is becoming a threat to travelers. A special taskforce Mr Abdul Samed added would be formed to ensure that weed out all bad nuts from the station.

The Ghana Private Road Transport Union Regional second trustee, Mr Adam Salifu lauded the assembly’s initiative to full secure the bus stop and pledged their support.

He said the move to reassembly the station and help wade out bad guys who sometimes make their customers uncomfortable and even engaged in thievery. Mr Salifu said they don’t want to see any filth in the station and women engaging trading would be reassembled to control how rubbish are dispose of.

He explained that the union was not happy about the haphazard way drivers park their cars, adding they will no vehicle parked overnight except on scale.

Metropolitan Chief Executive for Tamale, Sule Salifu, commended the leadership of the station for liaising with the assembly. The fight against sanitation he said was a collective responsibility, stressing that there was the need for the unions and traders to be carrying periodic clean-up exercise.

The mayor was not that some drivers refused to take their vehicles outside the station to make way for exercise after advance notice was given and hinted that, the Motor Traffic and Motor Transport Department of the Ghana police service would ensure that all cars are move out.

He stated that nobody would come from anywhere to clean the city except the people themselves and encourage residents and the transport operators within the city to occasionally clean up their stations.  

The mayor admitted that, lack of waste bins at the bus stop contributes to the poor sanitation situation and assured of liaising with Zoomlion Ghana to provide containers.

‘My observation is that I didn’t see any waste bins in the yard, not even one; what it means that they have places proper places of disposing off waste. I will engage zoomlion with the leadership of the station to see how many bins is needed and how they can support. If they have waste bins, the level of filth would be minimized.

Activities under the overhead

 Responding to concerns about hawking activities under the Tamale inter charge, the mayor said development is a gradual process and all activities under it will soon be over.

The urban roads unit of the Ghana Highways authority he explained has presented different signs before the assembly to consult stakeholders to pick one that will reflect the tradition and culture of the people in the north. Cleaning or developing the place he emphasized must come from the people not necessarily from the assembly.  

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