Mahama Optimistic About The New Sada

President Mahama with the Northern Regional Minister Abdallah Abubakari

President Mahama with the Northern Regional Minister Abdallah Abubakari

President John Dramani Mahama has stated that the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) is back on track and will accelerate the development of the savannah zone of the country.

President Mahama, who disclosed this at the 20th Ghana International Trade Fair in Tamale, said the exhibition in Tamale highlights the vision of SADA to promote the Sahel region.

The SADA project has been a vehicle for corruption, with millions of cedis misappropriated by officials.

The President has started making new promises in order to create a new image for the project due to the impending general elections.

According to the President, “When SADA was formed, government realized the challenges that needed to be addressed in the savanna zone and so government wanted to hit the ground running but often you cannot force a baby to walk, it must crawl before it walks.”

He indicated that the new management board and the chief executive had appropriately repositioned SADA to be able to achieve its vision.

“SADA is more accountable, more transparent and as a result of that, it is building bridges and partnerships with many of our international development institutions.”

He added that several documents have been put together to attract more investors into Ghana, noting that a comprehensive feasibility study of the agricultural potentials of the whole savanna zone had been drawn.

It will make it easy for any investor who wants to come and invest in agriculture in the North to pick that document to gain all the information about soil type, kind of crops, which part of the savanna zone and that is the kind of role SADA is expected to play.

“Government would play its part and we do not expect that SADA has everything to create the kind of socio-economic environment that we expect in the SADA zone so government is also accelerating development in these areas to improve the lives of the people.”

“Ghana is making a lot of progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals in terms of human development but when you disaggregate the figures you will find that there are great disparities in our country between the northern part of the country and the southern part”.

“When you take every single human and social indicator from maternal mortality to infant mortality to poverty statistics, you will find a wide disparity between the North and the South which is the gap government seeks to bridge by the work that SADA is doing.”

Health sector
According to the President, government is expanding the Tamale Teaching Hospital to provide medical education to young doctors, who are undergoing training at the University for Development Studies (UDS) Medical School.

He indicated that the Tamale Teaching Hospital will be the referral hospital for the northern part of the country so that illnesses that cannot be managed in other parts of the zone can be transferred to the hospital.

He added that the Bolgatanga Hospital is being upgraded to serve as a regional hospital for the Upper East Region.

Tamale International Airport
President Mahama stated that the completed Tamale International Airport would have the longest runway in Ghana and aircraft of all sizes would be able to land there.

Expansion of the Buipe Port
Government has on the drawing board the expansion of the Buipe Port so that the Volta River can be used as a natural corridor for bringing goods from Tema to Buipe to serve as an entry point for the landlocked countries to allow goods coming into the northern savannah zone to be brought to Buipe and redistributed from there, the President added.

Road Sector
Moving goods freely across the savannah zone is important and that is why the northern sector of the Eastern corridor road is being tackled from Oti-Damanko to Nakpanduri, and impressive work is currently ongoing to create another alternative route from the north-eastern part of the savannah zone to the south-eastern to the capital of the country.

Others like the Tumu-Wa road are being worked on to create an open link between the Upper East Regional capital of Bolgatanga and the Upper West Regional capital of Wa.

From Eric Kombat , Tamale

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