Govt terminates two SADA contracts with Asongtaba


 
The Government of Ghana is to terminate two projects signed between the Savanah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) and the Asongtaba Cottage Industries (ACI).

The projects – the guinea fowl rearing and processing project and the afforestation and tree growing project- have been considered for termination following a report by the Minister in charge of Development Authorities, Dr. Ahmed Mustapha regarding the two projects.

According to a statement signed by the Senior Communications Adviser at the Presidency, Ben Dotsei Malor, the report submitted by the minister noted that although the projects were viable and held the potential for the creation of a significant number of jobs in the three Northern Regions, “SADA had not established the systems and mechanisms for the monitoring and supervision of these projects to ensure that the state received value for money.”

The statement said the report further noted that sufficient expertise still existed within the Savannah Research Institute and the University of Development Studies to re-design and implement a strategy that could properly harness the potential of the guinea fowl industry and turn it into a major income earner for the people of the Savannah belt.

President John Mahama has, thus, instructed the Board of the SADA to act in consultation with the Attorney General to terminate the two contracts it entered into with Asongtaba Cottage Industries, the statement said.

The statement further said President Mahama has requested the SADA Board to hold consultations with the Forestry Commission and the Ministry of Local Government to work out a strategy for the proper implementation of the afforestation and tree growing project, on a decentralized basis.

“The President has further instructed the SADA Board to immediately strengthen SADA’s systems of accountability, to ensure that the Authority is able to account for any resources committed by the Government for the accelerated development of the savannah areas,” it noted.

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