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Greening the north remains a priority- SADA Boss

2012-07-31 21:57:52
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The Chief Executive Officer of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority, Alhaji Gilbert Seidu Iddi has assured citizens in the Northern part of the country that greening the region will remain a priority to the program as part of the many intervention carried out to bridge the Southern- Northern development gap.

He said as far as the northern afforestation intervention project was concern SADA really meant business and nothing could stop the project.

Alhaji Iddi who was addressing journalists in Bolgatanga in the Upper East region after inspecting some sites used for the pilot phase of the project said “Application forms will be sent to all district assemblies in the Upper East region for employment with each assembly recruiting not less than 100 prospective beneficiaries and will be put on pay rolls”.

He added that all the districts will be given guidelines about how to choose where to plant but insisted SADA will protect water bodies as much as possible.

The SADA boss announced that apart from creating employment for the youth, fire brigade groups will also be recruited to make sure the seedlings that are planted are not consumed by fire.

He reminded Ghanaians that SADA is a non partisan organisation and has come to stay and so whatever intervention the program is making will continue to operate under any political administration.

Alhaji Seidu Iddi was accompanied by officials of SADA and ACI Construction and Restoration, a private company partnering SADA to implement the Afforestation project.

He visited planting sites at Pusu-namong, Winkogo and Via Dams in the Upper East region where he interacted with project coordinators and beneficiaries.

Alhaji Iddi expressed his satisfaction with the level of implementation so far and urged all stakeholders to join hands in achieving its success.

The SADA-ACI Afforestation Project which was launched earlier in July by then Vice President and now President, John Mahama seeks to plant and grow an initial Five million seedlings of assorted trees within the SADA Zone (that is three Northern regions, Northern Brong Ahafo and Northern Volta Region) in the 2012-2013 period.

Whilst solving the problem of the accelerated rate of deforestation by the reclamation of lost savannah vegetation, it would serve as a source of employment for the beneficiaries enabling them contribute meaningfully to improved livelihoods and to the socio-economic development of their communities and country at large.

The SADA-ACI Afforestation Project Manager, Polycarp Kazaresam assured Ghanaians of ACI Construction and Restoration’s commitment in contributing to turning the north into a forestry zone.

He said his company will continue to support the project with adequate resources, expertise and labour.

The Project is also being implemented in consultation with the Environmental Protection Agency, the University for Development Studies, the Forestry Commission, and NADMO, selected municipal metropolitan and district assemblies (MMDAs) and the indigenous people.


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