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28.10.2005 Regional News

MP urges government to tackle Tamale-Kumbungu road

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Accra, Oct. 28 - The Member of Parliament for Kumbungu in the Northern Region, Alhaji Imoro Yakubu on Friday urged the government to urgently rehabilitate the Tamale-Kumbungu road, which, he said was in a deplorable state.

Alhaji Yakubu in a statement to the House said the road had deteriorated over the years to an extent that travelling on it was a great risk to the passenger and even the pedestrian. "The importance of this road need not be over emphasised since it serves as a link road between Tamale and Dalun to Nawuni, the source of potable water for the Tamale Metropolis."

It also links Tamale and Bontanga Irrigation Project, which is the source of fresh vegetables and other food grains for the regional capital as well as the agricultural communities beyond the White Volta. "In view of these important key factors one would admit that the Tamale-Kumbungu road is the life wire of Tamale and western Dagbon as a whole."

He said in September 2000, the Government approved the tarring of the road from Tamale to Nawuni to be carried out in phases, "Surprisingly after the change of Government in 2001, when work on the road got to Kunbuyili village, five kilometres from Tamale it came to a stand still till today and no one knows why the tarring was abandoned."

In his contribution to the statement Prof Wayo Seini, NDC Tamale Central, said generally there are no good roads in the Northern Region especially in the districts.

He said if the roads were rehabilitated and new ones constructed it would help in the carting of food from the villages where during good harvest got rotten due to lack of transportation because of the bad roads.

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