Businesses along the Nyohini and Lamashegu stretch in the Tamale Metropolis have been complaining about the deteriorating roads and how it is having a toll on their businesses.
Similarly, drivers that are now compelled to use the road due to the diversions as a result of the construction of the Tamale interchange project are also unhappy with the bad nature of the road which they say causes an inconvenience to them.
Indeed, good and reliable road infrastructure helps to facilitate the free movement of goods and people, support economic growth and create employment; however for the businesses along that stretch, that has not been the case for some time now.
According to the residents, several complains have been made to the authorities, but their voices appear to have been disregarded. Speaking to a reporter from Diamond News, some residents and shop owners complained that most portions of the roads from the Abedi Pele round about towards Lamashegu Industrial area had developed “life threatening” potholes.
The worried residents said, now that the road has become the alternative route for automobiles including long haulage trucks and buses traveling in both Kumasi and Bolgatanga directions, the road have become very busy and pedestrians find it very difficult to cross to the other side.
Diamond News observed that, portions of the road have become narrow as some haulage trucks in transit have taken portions of the road thus allowing traffic only on one side for vehicles and motorbikes going to and fro.
Some of the residents talked about the dusty nature of the road and how it is affecting their business. A concerned resident said they voluntarily contributed monies towards buying gravel to fixing the bad portions of the road, however they would want higher authorities to also respond to their pleas.
An operator of a car washing bay who chose to speak off record for instance said the dusty nature of the road had driven all his clients away.
The residence are therefore calling on the city authorities including politicians to come fix the road from the Abedi Pele roundabout to the Lamashegu Industrial area.
Story by: Sharihan Abdul Aziz