Gov’t to construct age-long abandoned Tamale Shopping Center

The Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. Alan Kojo Kyeremanten has assured the people of Tamale of government’s intention to construct the abandoned shopping center at the Aboabo market to enhance business activities in the region.  He said the land mark structure fits very much into the vision of President Nana Akuffo Addo about creating a new private led economy for the country.

He noted the Ghana beyond Aid agenda of Nana Akuffo Addo is to ensure that, the private sector now becomes the main driver for the growth and development of Ghana. Alan Kyeremanten disclosed that, government is also embarking on a very comprehensive program for industrial transformation.

“We are talking about the one district, one factory, one region, one industrial park; all these are going to enhance industrial capacity and when you increase production, you have to be able to sell and market it; yes is true we are trying to also promote our exports but we know every investor has an interest also in making sure that the domestic market is also a vibrant one, so it is against this background that, one out of the ten key pillars of our industrial transformation agenda is focusing on how we improve our domestic detail market infrastructure in Tamale, he indicated.”

The trade minister however commended the erstwhile NDC government for taking some steps to revive the project. “As you can see, this is a landmark structure in the Tamale city and as the mayor has given you a sense to the background of this; it started under the Acheampong regime; unfortunately the project was stalled for very long time, the NDC government that we succeeded took some steps to make sure that they revive the project; I think they did well to have at least initiated the revival of the project, however this also was not completed; now that, the NPP government is in place, I want to say that this fits very much into this whole vision of the president and the government for creating a new private led economy, he said.”

The Trade and Industry Minister said this to Journalists in Tamale during a working visit on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 to the Metropolis to have first hand information about the dilapidated structure.Mr. Alan Kyeremanten also indicated that, government will consider a possible public private partnership arrangement or any other form of commercial engagement and bring in the needed financial resources to reconstruct this major structure.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Tamale, Hon Iddrisu Musah Superior was optimistic that, this project will final be constructed to improve businesses. He believes that, the establishment of this shopping center will adversely improve the financial muscle of the TaMA in respect to its revenue mobilization. Adding that, this can also address the youth unemployment issues bedeviling the northern region.

 

story by: Mohammed Gadafi, northstarfmonline.com _ mgadafi45@gmail.com

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