The Department of Highways will in the coming weeks commence the construction of a 28-kilometer ring-road connecting from Adubilyili on the Tamale-Kumasi highway through to Jerigu on the Tamale-Salaga road to meet Tugu on the Yendi road at a cost of about 80million cedis.

The Northern Regional Highways Director, Ing Victor Annan disclosed this to THE CUSTODIAN after a meeting with the Chief and elders of Bamvim on Monday, May 27, 2024.

The Mayor of Tamale, Hon Sule Salifu, led a delegation of officials from the Department of Highways and the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly to the chief’s palace to inform them about the project and its associated benefits to the communities along the stretch.

He seized the opportunity to dispel rumors circulating that the project is being done to determine the boundaries between the Northern region and the Savannah region.

“We will also want to place it on record that from the discussions that I have had with the Highways officials, it is not a road to determine the boundaries between the Northern region and the Savannah region and that must be on record” he clarified.

He added the project is part of the year of roads agenda President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced two years ago to create the enabling environment for socioeconomic activities to thrive in the area.

“So, we’re here to officially inform the Chief to send messages to his subjects to know that the road construction is going to start very soon and we’re seeking his blessings to allow the highways and the contractor to move to site to begin the construction.

“And I am happy to note and to say that the Chief has given his blessings and the Department of Highways and the contractor will liaise with the palace for a smooth construction work” he stated.

The MCE noted that the call made by the traditional leader for the contractor to recruit the youth of the community as laborers is in the right direction.

Ing Victor Annan in an interview told THE CUSTODIAN that the road is being done on virgin terrain and explained the scope of work is to open up the place, put in culverts and drains, and develop the sub base layer before putting up bitumen.

According to him, three lots have already been awarded to contract and the remaining four lots are also in the pipeline, adding the total seven lots would be divided among three or four contractors.

However, Ing Annan revealed the contracts of two contractors have been completed and they will soon move to site now that the misconception has been cleared.