Saturday, July 3, 2010



The Northern Regional Minister, Moses Bukari Mabengba has praised the Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Alhaji Abdulai Haruna Friday and Members of the Assembly for taking a bold decision to complete the new Assembly Office complex which was started in 1998 but stalled in 2001.

According to the Northern Regional Minister, the new office complex when completed would not only add to the beautification of Tamale but, would also perhaps signal the beginning of the end of the periodic renting of conference halls to hold Assembly meetings and other fora organized by the Assembly.

Mr. Mabengba said these at a meeting with the Tamale MCE, Alhaji Friday, and other staff of the Assembly recently in Tamale.

Also present at the meeting were Mr. San Nasamu Asabigi, Deputy Northern Regional Minister, Mr. Joseph Dasana, Regional Co-ordinating Director, Mr. John B. Atogiba, Metropolitan Co-ordinating Director and Unit Heads of the Assembly.

The visit of the Regional Minister and his Deputy to the offices of the Metropolitan Assembly formed part of working visits he embarked upon since his assumption of office as the substantive Regional Minister to all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies under the jurisdiction of the Northern Regional Co-ordinating Council.

The meeting afforded Mr. Mabengba the opportunity to interact with management and staff of the Assembly in order to know some of the challenges and success stories of the Assembly.

Briefing him on behalf of the Assembly, Mr. Atogiba, said the Assembly faced many challenges most of which bordered on security but added that all but a few remained unresolved namely the apparent installation of a New Chief in Salamba, a suburb in the Metropolis, a protracted Land dispute between Savelugu and Tamale and a boundary dispute between Banvim and the out joining community all of which he said, if not resolved quickly could disturb the peace in the area sooner than later.

On Sanitation, Mr. Atogiba told Mr. Mabengba that the Assembly spends GH¢1,000.00 a week on fuel for the Assembly’s Waste Management and Sanitation vehicles and other equipment adding that, there was the urgent need for an overhaul and replacement of much of the Assembly’s obsolete equipment some of which he said were over 25 years old.

Despite all these challenges, according to Mr. Atogiba Tamale was rated as the cleanest and neatest city in Ghana and assured that the Assembly would never on any occasion shirk its waste management responsibility to the detriment of the population.

Speaking later, Mr. Moses Mabengba said Tamale was not only the capital of the Metropolis but also the Regional Capital and the seat of Government in the region, and therefore, it was incumbent on the Metropolitan Assembly to ensure that all was well with and in Tamale.

The Northern Regional Minister assured Alhaji Harruna Friday and his staff of the support and co-operation of the Regional Co-ordinating Council as they work hard to make Tamale a better and save place for investment and the economic hub in the region.

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