The former National President of Northern Patriots in Research and Advocacy (NORPRA), Bismark Adongo Ayorogo, has lauded the termination of two contracts that Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) signed with Asongtaba Cottage Industries by the Mahama administration.
The decision to terminate the projects has generated some debate in the media.
A group that has always been critical of the activities of Savanna Accelerated Development Authority is NORPRA.
Mr. Ayorogo, in an interview, also called for the dissolution of the SADA Board, saying it supervised the dissipation of the taxpayers’ money.
Northerners, who were entrusted with the responsibility to lead the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) and should have known the root causes of poverty and deprivation in the SADA beneficiary areas, watched and led SADA to execute projects that were less useful to the people of the beneficiary communities, according to him.
‘Our Northern brothers, who were given the opportunity and resources to help reduce the poverty level in the three Northern regions, especially the Upper East, have disappointed us and the country as a whole. The marketing of our region will be very difficult, but since our brothers failed to make SADA useful to the people, government may not trust the Northerner to manage his own affairs.’
Mr. Adongo agreed with calls from the public that officials, who would be found guilty of mismanagement funds under the SADA contracts, should be prosecuted without any hesitation, saying the move would discourage public office holders from embezzling public funds.
It is an undeniable fact that the SADA-ACI Afforestation Project has failed. All fields that were used for the tree plantation project have not seen any improvement.
The same can be said about the SADA Guinea Fowl project sited along the Bolgatanga-Sumburungu Road in the Upper East region.
FROM: EBO BRUCE-QUANSAH, Bolgatanga
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