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Chiefs urged to take effective ownership of SADA

2010-07-13 22:40:06
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Professor John Nabila, President of the National House of chiefs, has urged chiefs and the peoples of Northern Ghana to take effective ownership of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA).

The said by that it would enable the programme to achieve its set objective of bridging the development gap between the Northern sector and the south.

He reminded the chiefs of previous failed development efforts in the North and observed that if chiefs were not consulted and did not give their support to development efforts, they might not succeed and provide the needed benefits to the people.

Professor Nabila, who is also the paramount chief of the Wulugu in the
Mamprugu Traditional Area said this at a round-table consultation forum on the SADA, which brought together over 60 traditional authorities from the Northern, Upper East and the Upper West regions in Tamale.

The roundtable reviewed the SADA Bill currently before parliament and made inputs on appropriate measures to speed up its implementation.

Professor Nabila urged the promoters of SADA to engage the chiefs and
traditional rulers to ensure effective ownership of the organization and its
programmes by the chiefs and the people.

Dr Sulley Gariba, Development Policy Advisor on SADA in the President’s Office, who briefed the chiefs on the main elements of the Bill, stressed that every effort was made to include chiefs in the governance of SADA.

He said SADA was created by the stakeholders of development in the three regions and noted that “for more than 50 years, chiefs have been at the forefront of the struggle to bridge the development gap between the North and the South”, adding their efforts sowed the seeds for SADA today.

Dr Charles Jebuni, Technical Team leader of SADA emphasized that the road network as well as the improvement in water and air transport was central to the SADA strategy and stressed that SADA should be seen as an initiative to complement existing investments and therefore long-term funding was required to enable SADA mobilize the investments needed to transform the economy and society.

Making their contributions for input into the Bill the chiefs stressed the need to secure sustainable funding for SADA to undertake its projects over a 20-25 year period and noted that the deplorable conditions of the road network in the regions and urged SADA to focus primarily on accelerating the improvements of the road network as a matter of priority.

On the land issue, the chiefs pledged their commitment to release lands for the accelerated development and to become partners in the process.

The inputs and suggestions on the Bill by the chiefs would be forwarded to Parliament, while a delegation from the roundtable would seek audience with the President to present their views on SADA to the President.


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