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03.03.2009 General News

Tamale chief bemoans poverty, sanitation problems… in traditional area

By David Alan Painstil Cape Coast - Ghanaian Chronicle

The New Chief of Tamale, Dakpema Naa Mohammed Dawuni has held a press conference at his royal Palace in Tamale to comment on some teething issues affecting the growth of the area.

Some of the issues that he expressed his concerns about are the high unemployment rate among the youth, insecurity, falling standard of education, especially among the girl-child, the deplorable state of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, poor waste management, total disregard for traffic regulations and upgrading of the Tamale Airport. Naa Mohammed Dawuni, 65, was installed and outdoored as Chief of Tamale some few weeks ago.

The former staff of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) believes that encouraging the idle youth to go into agriculture is the surest solution to the abject poverty, youth unemployment and violent conflicts among the people of Tamale.

The Chief, through his spokesperson Alhassan Basharu Daballi appealed to the government to introduce viable agricultural policies to assist the youth to go back into agro-business, since that was the case in the 1970s.

At the moment, most of the energetic youth in Tamale spend several hours sitting under trees, while others engage in truck pushing and carrying of heavy loads in and around the markets. Naa Mohammed Dawuni said he was ready to release land to help both new and old farmers in the area.

The Chief also expressed concern about the Tamale water crisis and the frequent disrespect for traffic regulations, which mostly leads to death on the streets.