The minister breaking ground to signal commencement of work on the terminal.
Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Muniru-Limuna, has disclosed that government is poised to position Tamale as one of major business hubs of the country.
The move, according to him, is aimed at opening up the area to serve as a permanent business destination to Sahelian countries as well as improve the living conditions of residents through local economic growth.
Breaking ground to commence work on the construction of an ultra-modern bus terminal in Tamale, the minister disclosed that the region is blessed with several potentials, reiterating government’s preparedness to tap into these potentials.
He mentioned ongoing construction works at the Eastern Corridor road, the upgrading of the Tamale airport and the cattle market as good initiatives by government towards leveraging economic empowerment of residents.
The minister disclosed that all the projects were aimed at stimulating investments and businesses to promote development in the region.
He, however, noted that government’s vision for the region was contingent on sustainable peace and appealed to traditional rulers as well as residents to protect and improve on the current peace enjoyed in the region.
Alhaji Muniru-Limuna, therefore, urged residents to peacefully co-exist in order to enjoy the full benefits of what government may outline for them either now or the future.
He announced that the project was estimated at GH¢2 million and would take 12 months to complete, appealing to the contractor to consider employing locals within the area as part of his workforce.
This, he observed, would create the opportunity for a number of them to fend for their families.
The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) for Tamale, Abdul-Hanan Gundadow, on his part, added that as a result of urbanisation, the metropolis was fasting underscoring the need for infrastructure to meet the population.
He observed that there was congestion at the various bus terminals obstructing the free flow of traffic within the central business district, the reason why the ultra modern bus terminal was considered.
The project when completed would create jobs for communities around the current location as well as open up the metropolis to investors.
He commended the paramount chief of Banvum and his subjects for donating a 41-acre land for the project and appealed to his colleagues to emulate his example for developmental purposes.
From Stephen Zoure, Tamale
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