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

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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.

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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