Traders in Tamale Central market have raised concerns over the stench emanating from the refuse in front of the market. They mentioned that, the refuse container is not emptied on regular basis.
Due to this, refuse spill over the container while people continue to add to more waste, creating an unhealthy environment, and making the place almost uninhabitable.
The situation poses a threat to the health of market women who ply the trade along the stretch, as well as pedestrians and drivers who use the road. This unfortunate situation in the heart of Tamale seems to be on the blind side of city authority whose duty it is to ensure that sanitation standards are kept on the high.
In an exclusive interview with FIILA NEWS, Baba Mohammed, an official in charge of ensuring the clearing of waste noted that the refuse containers are emptied often. He however admitted that on a few occasions, they encounter problems with clearing, especially when the trucks break down.
Meanwhile, traders at the area have expressed disgust over the situation. Contrary to claims that the container is frequently emptied, one of the traders who spoke on condition of anonymity revealed that more often than not, the containers become full and spill over before they are cleared.
He said the unpleasant smell drives away buyers, leading to poor sales. They have therefore pleaded with the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly to find a lasting solution to this problem, to bring them some relief.
Story by: Gertrude Owusu-Ansah and Mohammed Adam Alhassan