October 6, 2017

Parliament’s select Committee on Employment, Social Welfare and State Enterprise has recommended for the consideration of Parliament to allow government to takeover assets and liabilities belonging to the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA).

The recommendation comes in the wake of government’ s move to establish three different development Authorities for the Northern, Middle belt and Southern sectors of the country which hitherto is being overseen by SADA.

Presenting a report on the Northern Development Authority Bill, 2017, chairman of the Committee, Kwame Anyimadu Antwi stated that, provisions of the Bill especially clause 34 made provisions for government to take over assets and liabilities of SADA since its operations covers parts of Volta, Brong Ahafo regions where it has properties, offices and personnel.

Mr Anyimadu Antwi who is the Member of Parliament for Asante Akim Central said the committee observed that jurisdiction of the proposed Northern Development Authority according to the bill is limited to the three regions of the north including Northern, Upper West and Upper East regions hence the recommendation.

The new authority is expected to lead and coordinate development initiatives through public private partnerships, investment drives and facilitation of credit facilities for local enterprises that operate within that catchment area and promote a sense of ownership whiles opening job avenues for the people.

SADA was established by an Act of Parliament, Act 805 by the else-while government to help bridge the development gap between the Northern and Southern sectors of the economy.

By Christian Kpesese/ ghanamps.com