After previous failed warnings; the Tamale metropolitan Assembly maintains steps are being taken to prosecute house owners within the city that, have failed to comply with the directive to construct toilets within their facilities.
According to the TaMA, most house owners were complying with the directives, but there remained some deviant landlords and property owners who have chosen to ignore the order.
Diamond News’s independent checks however proved that the assembly’s own failure to follow through with its earlier warnings on deadlines, may have contributed to the situation where many recent in the Tamale metropolis defecate in the open instead of an approved toilet facility.
Also the indifference shown by most homes owners to comply with the directives from the assembly, have played a major part in the city being adjudged for three conservatives times, the MMDA that top with Open defecation in the Northern region.
It would be recalled that four Months ago, the Tamale Metro Authorities, issued a directive to every home and facilities within its jurisdiction to construct toilet facility.
Subsequently after the directive had elapsed without success, the TaMA again offered a grace period of two weeks to landlords. This also elapsed on May 14 this year.
Two clears month had passed without any action to prosecute offending landlords that have fluted the directives to construct home toilets, but speaking on behalf of TaMA, its Public Relation Officer, ISSAH MUSAH SALIFU, indicated that management had resolved to take legal action against non compliant landlords.
In addition he said the Assembly is taking steps to issue spot fine on persons who would be caught defecating openly within the metropolis.
Meanwhile, the Tamale Metro Assembly says, some essential services like electricity, water and toilet facilities are needed to in order to make the abandoned lorry terminal at Datoyili functional.
Diamond News last week highlighted the concerns raised by the Datoyoli community and some bus drivers regarding the abandoned bus Terminal located at Datoyili, almost two years after public money had been sunk into the project, but had not been used for the intended purpose.
Commenting on the sad development, the public relation officer of TaMA, Issah Musah told our reporter that, though the facility had been completed, they still needed essential facilities to make the terminal fully operational.
According to him, the Assembly was mobilizing financial resources to full complete the facility before it can be put to good use.
Musah Salifu however assured the concerned drivers and station executives that the assembly will address their issues before relocating them to the Datoyili Bus terminal.