General News of Sunday, 14 April 2013
Source: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/Citifmonline
Outspoken member of the NDC legal team, Lawyer Chris Ackumey has backed calls for the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) accounts to be audited.
His call comes at the back of ongoing investigations by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) on SADA projects. Several interest groups including the Ghana Integrity Initiative have clamored for investigations into the SADA accounts.
Contributing to Citi Fm’s News Analysis and Current Affairs programme the Big Issue, Lawyer Chris Ackumey urged CHRAJ to speed up its investigations.
He laid emphasis on the GHC15 million cedis spent on the supposed Guinea fowl farms. He encouraged Ghanaians to consider the SADA issue as a matter of national concern and stop reading politics into it.
“When it comes to matters of national interest, I will not compromise and neither will President Mahama compromise, so I want to give the assurance that all those who have this kind of apprehension over wrong doing that no Ghanaian either in NDC or in the helm of affairs be it the President will cover up for any suspected wrong doing.”
Lawyer Ackumey continued, “Investigations must be made for the law to take its natural course so that whoever ruins the fortunes of this country to allegedly enrich himself must be brought to order.”
Former NPP Member of Parliament for Ahafo-Ano South, Hon. Stephen Kwaku Balado Manu on the same platform endorsed CHRAJ’s move.
In a related development, the National Zongo Youth Association of the NPP and NDC youth in Tamale called the 99 bench have accused all northern MP’s over their silence on the matter.
At a joint news conference in Tamale, Chairman of the National Zongo Youth Association of the NPP , Richard M. Suleman and the NDC 99 Bench youth leader, Yusif Suleman (Zaachi) expressed their disappointment in the northern Legislators.
“We say this to secure our future as northerners and also to clear the mind of Ghanaians on northerners, some may say if their own can do this to them, then who will fight for them? To our surprise none of the MPs from the north has come out to condemn this betrayal, this billions of Ghana cedis could have changed a lot of lives.”