The new chairperson of the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), Angelina Mornah Domakyaareh, has announced a new operational measure that would ensure accountability.
Speaking at the launch of the Engineering Week Celebration and SADA Business & Investment Forum (SABIF) in Accra, Mrs Domakaareh, a former Deputy Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), said the authority established by Act 805 has reviewed its position and modus operandi.
‘We are moving away from direct implementation to what we call collaboration, coordination and facilitating the development of northern savanna ecological zone,’ she said.
‘This is what we are doing going forward and we can assure you that our stakeholders are satisfied and bought into it,’ she added.
Mrs. Domakyaareh, a lawyer, said the SADA is putting in place programmes to make it transparent and accountable.
‘We think that even though SADA have had failures SADA has not failed,’ she said.
‘We have learnt from the mistakes of the past and we are not going to repeat them again.’
Call for Support
The SADA chairperson said the authority is rebranding itself and therefore needs the support of every Ghanaian to succeed.
‘We are not saying that when we are doing something wrong we should not say it, say it but let it be constructive so together we can move SADA to deliver on the mandate it has been tasked with,’ she said.
She said SADA is not for the three northern regions but the northern savanna belt of the country which includes parts of Volta and Brong-Ahafo regions.
The first joint conference by the Ghana Institution of Engineers and SADA themed, ‘Engineering, Opportunities and Shared Prosperity in the Savanna Region of Ghana would bring together members of Ghana’s engineering fraternity and a host of local and international stakeholders committed to the development of northern savannah ecological zone (NSEZ) of Ghana.
The event, to be held in Tamale from 24-28 March, is also expected to harness the potential of young engineers by improving their problem-solving skills during the youth calabash event at the forum.
‘We must say that this event is coming on as a result of the proactive nature of the Ghana Institution of Engineers and we urge all professional bodies and associations to emulate the sterling example, ‘noted Mrs. Domakyaareh.
The Vice President of the Engineer Institution, Carlin Bou-Chedid noted that ‘as indigenous engineers, we believe that one of the key drivers that support the SADA effort in alleviating poverty, empowering Ghanaians, and achieving of the MDs is to apply engineering expertise to spearhead an integrated, sustainable and rapid infrastructure development.
‘We look forward to harnessing local and indigenous knowledge and expertise, opportunities and investment to improve the quality of life of Ghanaians,’ she added.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri
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