July 15, 2011

The Member of Parliament for Ahafo Ano South, Stephen Balado Manu has questioned government’s commitment towards the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA).

According to him, government has paid lip service to SADA and has not demonstrated enough commitment to the organization whose programmes when implemented is expected to address the development gap that exists between Northern and Southern Ghana.

Government has released an amount of GH¢8 million out an allocation of GH¢25 million for the 2011 fiscal year, with assurance to release the rest of the funds to SADA to ensure a speedy implementation of programmed activities.

In addition, Government has made a provision of GH¢5million in the Supplementary Budget. A GOG-Development Partners conference on SADA will be convened soon to, among others, solicit the support of development partners.

However contributing to a discussion on e.tv’s BREAKFAST TV show on Friday 15th July, the Member of Parliament for Ahafo Ano South, Stephen Balado Manu stated that the amount government’s has released to SADA is woefully inadequate considering the huge sum of money it pledged as seed money for the SADA project.

“Government during its campaign told Ghanaians that it would pledge an amount of GHC 250 million as seed money for the SADA project which touched the hearts of many Northerners to voted for the NDC and now that it’s in power, the NDC government appears not to be serious with the commitment it made earlier’’ he said.

Hon. Balado Manu urged the government to make good its promise to the people of the three Northern Regions by releasing all the funds promised for the project to ensure improvements in their lives.

Story by : Kwadwo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gh