Angry residents of Laamalgu-duli in the Agric/Mohiyabihi and Nyashegu/Gumani electoral area in the Tamale North Constituency on Saturday morning blocked the vehicular movement of the old Karaga road behind the Anbarriya Institute.
The blockage according to them was to save themselves from contracting respiratory diseases. The residents accuse the contractor who is the brother of the minister of roads and highway Alhaji Inusah Fuseini of exposing their lives to danger and warn that, until the road is tarred, it will remain blocked.
Houses closer to the road are inundated with dust which the residents say they cannot no longer tolerate. The residents say, they sometimes water the road before drying their cloths due the dusty nature of the abandoned road coupled with the harmattan.
They had earlier on hinted the director of urban roads that they would block the road if it is not tarred. The director according to the residents advised them to mount zigzag speed rumps to reduce speed of vehicles instead of blocking the road completely.
Not even an explanation from the assembly man could clamp down tempers of the residents. They accuse the assemblyman for the area Mohammed Awal of remaining unconcerned while their lives are being threatened.
After a heated argument between the assemblyman and the residents over the matter, the assemblyman finally agreed with his people either than that the situation could lead to serious health hazards. He was compelled to make distress calls to urban roads just to satisfy his people but to no avail. While others are for watering the road three times a day during the harmattan season others said the road must be tarred.
The tarring of the old Karaga road suddenly stopped by the contractor who claims some of his equipment has developed faults.An explanation the residents described as untenable because they saw the same faulty equipment working on different roads.
The about two kilometer link road is now an alternative root for most drivers. When Zaa News contacted the contractor, Fuseini Faruk, he refused to comment on it and referred us to the urban road department.
But the Tamale urban roads maintenance engineer told Zaa News she is out of town and would have to get someone to assess the situation.