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Monday, 29 February 2016

Group Calls On Government To Increase Resource Allocation To The Northern Savannah Areas

Mr. Raphael Ahenu Jnr

 Members of the Coalition of SADA Zone Civil Society Organizations have called on the Ghanaian government to increase resource allocation to the Northern Savannah areas of Ghana for total transformation of the ecological and holistic development of the Ghanaian economy.

The group in a press conference in Sunyani pointed out that government is starving SADA of its legally deserved resources—and it’s not only deepening poverty, deprivation and inequalities in Ghana but also greatly undermining the laws of the land and thwarting Ghana’s efforts towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development  Goals (SDGs) set up by the World.

The group lamented on how the government is handling SADA in recent times—and urged the government to listen to the cry of the poor, vulnerable and marginalized in the Ghanaian society by; “Resourcing SADA with an amount of Ghc 200 million before the end of the first quarter of 2016 and also introduce levies on all non-petroleum imports to fund SADA now.”

“It is gratifying to note that new initiatives such as the recently launched SADA Agriculture Investment Guide, the SADA Zone Master Plan Project, the initiative to establish the Savannah Development and Investment Bank, the SADA Business and Investment Forum and SADA’s genuine, open and continuous engagement with Civil Society, the legislature and its key stakeholders are the immediate outcomes of the sterling leadership of the hardworking of newly constituted board and management. This is equally acknowledged, appreciated and commended highly.

“It is important to note that despite an Act of Parliament which enjoins the government to make annual budgetary allocations to SADA and introduce levies on all non-petroleum imports to fund SADA, Government under the presidency of His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama has never respected this law as it repeatedly failed to make budgetary allocations and disbursement to SADA to effectively and efficiently deliver on its core mandate of transforming the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone into a place of opportunity free from poverty,” they further stated in their release.

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