President John Mahama has instructed the Board of the Accelerated Development Authority,(SADA),to act in consultation with the Attorney General to terminate two contracts it entered into with Asongtaba Cottage Industries. This directive follows the submission of a report by the Minister responsible for Development Authorities, Dr Ahmed Mustapha, regarding two SADA projects.
The contracts affected relate to a guinea fowl rearing; processing project and an afforestation and tree growing project.
The report noted that while the projects were viable and held the potential for the creation of a significant number of jobs in the fragile savannah area, SADA had not established the systems and mechanisms for the monitoring and supervision of these projects to ensure that the state received value for money.
The President has also requested the SADA Board to hold consultations with the Forestry Commission and the Ministry of Local Government to work out a strategy for the proper implementation of the afforestation and tree growing project, on a decentralized basis.
The report further noted that sufficient expertise still existed within the Savannah Research Institute and the University of Development Studies to re-design and implement a strategy that could properly harness the potential of the guinea fowl industry and turn it into a major income earner for the people of the Savannah belt.
The President has further instructed the SADA Board to immediately strengthen SADA’s systems of accountability, to ensure that the Authority is able to account for any resources committed by the Government for the accelerated development of the savannah areas.
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