Francis Npong, Tamale: The Presiding Member (PM) for Zabzugu/Tatale District Assembly, Madam Mary Tagba has underscored the need to create another district in the area to cater for the teaming unemployed youth.
According to the presiding member, the population growth coupled with the vast nature of the district was making it impossible for the assembly to undertake effective development to enhance the living conditions of the people.
“It is meaningless if the district cannot help improve the socio-economic conditions of the people. As a presiding member I now see the need to create another district out of the current Zabzugu/Tatale District to cater for the larger population”, she said.
The only female presiding member in the region was speaking to the Enquirer in an exclusive interview in Tamale after an ICT training workshop organized for female assembly members in the north.
“our roads are bad, women and children particularly those at Tatale and surroundings have been experiencing water crisis for decades now, no educational infrastructure, living standards of the people kept deteriorating each day that is we need to create another district to deal with water, roads, infrastructure, health, economic and educational needs of the people”, she emphasized.
Madam Tagba also added his voice to the calls by the chiefs and people of Tatale traditional area to President Mills and his NDC government to split the district into two to facilitate development, create jobs to reduce high unemployment and poverty rate and also encourage grass roots and popular participation in governance.
The area, she pointed out has enormous natural and human resources enough to sustain the district if created and urged the government under the leadership of President Mills to make the separation of the district his top priority.
The Presiding member’s call came at the time authorities including the youth and chiefs of the Tatale traditional area were lobbying the government to create another district to enable them confront their own problems.
Though the people began lobbying for the creation of a district several years ago, no attention had been given to their request for political reasons. The people were brutally denied the opportunity during 2004 when their counterparts such as Kpandai, Chereponi, and Bunkprugu/Yunyoo among others were separated.
The people are hopefully that the government would grant their request time round to enable them tackle their own problems.
It could be remembered that the paramount chief for Tatale traditional area, Obore Gariba Yankosor at a recent durbar of chiefs and people of the traditional area pointed out that the traditional area was vast with one paramount seat, about ten divisional chiefs and over 20 sub-chiefs.
The area, he disclosed also has enormous natural and human resources enough to sustain the district if created.
The traditional area is one of the peaceful areas in Ghana can boast of three area councils, one senior high school, a police station, CEPS and Immigration posts, large tracts of land, electricity to promote the growth of the cottage industry, one polyclinic, four health centres for quality health delivery and four mobile telecommunication networks, MTN, TiGO, Airtel and Vodafone.
The chief said that the traditional council had already earmarked over 80 acres of land for the construction of offices and accommodation for staff of the proposed district assembly. The provisions had also been made for temporary offices and accommodation for the staff if approval were given for the creation of the district.