Tuesday 5th March, 2019. Government is undertaking a massive road infrastructure development with support of Sino-Hydro of China. Under this program critical road infrastructure throughout the country shall be rehabilitated/constructed. This was made known by the Minister of Roads and Highways, Hon. Kwasi Amoako-Attah at the sod cutting ceremony for the rehabilitation of the Gumbihini Area Roads in Tamale. “It is expected that by the time of completion of the Sino Hydro Project every region of our country shall benefit from road infrastructural development” the Minister further stated.
Gumbihini is a low lying area and the absence of properly constructed roads with adequate drainage structures makes most parts of the community inaccessible during the rainy season, oftentimes leading to flooding of the community.
The Hon. Minister stated that in addition to the construction of 5 km of roads within Gumbihini, adequate storm drainage structures shall be provided for the community. This, he noted, shall alleviate the incidence of flooding within the community. The provision of the paved roads within the community shall improve accessibility all year round.
A total of 66.0km of road contracts have been awarded in various towns and district capitals in the Northern Region since 2017 by the Ministry of Roads and Highways. These towns include Tamale, Nalerigu, Gambaga, Walewale, Sagnerigu, Nyankpala and Kpandai.
The projects are targeted at improving mobility needs of the various towns, reduction in the incidence of flooding by providing critical drainage structures and the bridging of communities that were cut off during the rainy season.
Apart from Gumbihini, other works being undertaken in the Tamale metropolis include;
- Construction of the 3rd Ring Road (Kanvilli-Fuo Section) phase 2 (6.8km)
- Construction of Vittin Target Area Roads (6.8km)
- Rehabilitation of Bisco-Dungu Area Roads (3.9km)
- Drainage and Regravelling Works along Kakasunaka Area and Sagnerigu (5km)
- Storm Drainage works at Bilpela and Vitting
Works on the Gumbihin Area Roads is being undertaken at a Contract sum of Ten million, Eight Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Five hundred and Twenty Five Ghana Cedis (GHS10,860,525.80) for completion in twelve months.
In a later development, the Minister for Roads and Highways was enskinned as the Malibu Naa (Development Chief) of the Gumbihini Traditional Area.