Minister inspires development partners to work with SADA

By
Prosper K. Kuorsoh, GNA

Wa, Sept. 15, GNA – Development partners have
been inspired to work with the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority
(SADA), to ensure that their activities are consistent with the goals and
objectives outlined in the Authorities Regional Concept Plan.

Alhaji Amidu Sulemana, Upper West Regional
Minister gave the inspiration in a speech read on his behalf during a review
meeting on the SADA Master Plan document in Wa.

The Regional Minister also encouraged SADA to
design a simple advocacy work plan to reach out to the communities, in order
for the public to become aware of their new focus and buy into the programmes
and projects they were currently initiating.

He said the SADA master plan when finished
would enhanced the fast transformation of the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone
(NSEZ), which encompasses the Upper West, Upper East, Northern Region and some
parts of the Brong Ahafo and Volta Regions.

Alhaji Sulemana said the review meeting was
therefore part of the process, which seeks to provide stakeholders an
opportunity to critique and contribute to shaping of the draft Master Planning
Document in a manner that would enrich the document.

“SADA once again is gaining grounds in leading
the coordinating, facilitating and catalysing the development plans of the
NSEZ,” he said.

He noted that this was evident in its
refocused agenda and the restructuring of the institution.

“Its first objective is the provision of a
strategic planning guidance for the entire zone to support planned
development,” he added.

Alhaji Sulemana noted that the concept of the
regional plan was very realistic and strategic towards addressing the
developmental needs of the region as it seeks to identify and propose growth
corridors, industrial zones and innovative projects that would strategically
position the SADA zone for its fair share of economic development.

This, he said would in effect attract
investors to the Region for them to tap and explore the numerous resources that
were inoperative.

A number of economic opportunities would also
be created to generate employment and ultimately promote economic growth and
reduced poverty to the barest minimum, he noted.

The Regional Minister said in view of this it
would be appropriate to incorporate region specific plans into the National
Development Plan when finalised, particularly in the long term development plan
by the National Development Planning Commission as it would be very important
and structural to the transformation of the SADA Zone.

Alhaji Sulemana entreated Metropolitan,
Municipal and District Assemblies within the SADA zone to commit to rolling
this strategic planning into their Medium Term Development Plans as well as
implement them.

GNA

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