General News of Monday, 21 December 2015
Women and youth groups in the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) Ecological Zone have said they will demonstrate at the Flagstaff House soon, over what they say is the Mahama administration’s constant refusal to make budgetary allocations available to the Authority, for onward disbursement to beneficiaries.
Bismark Adongo Ayorogo, spokesperson for the organisers of the demonstration, Coalition of Civil Society Organisations in the SADA Zone, said in the 2013 budget statement and economic policy of the government, there was an allocation to SADA, but no single disbursement was made.
He said the same situation pertained to the 2014 budget statement.
Mr Ayorogo described as an insult, government’s allocation of GHS400, 000 to the SADA zone in the 2015 budget.
“We say this is very insulting because since the days of President Kufour with his Northern Development Fund to President Mills with his SADA, no amount has ever been allocated to SADA less than GHS25,000,000, so it is insulting to have somebody who campaigned on the back of knowing the poverty situation in Northern Ghana better than any other presidential candidate coming to assume power, and refusing to allocate resources in a way that will really address the age-long poverty in Northern Ghana”.
Mr Ayorogo said the situation could even worsen because the recent decongestion exercise in Accra brought a lot of people from the savannah area back home and such people are there without opportunities.
This, according to him, is the time that every government or any party that thinks of improving the lives of the people in the savannah area really needs to pump in a lot of resources.
In his words “once government has failed in this direction, there is the need for us to move to the Flagstaff House and demand answers to government’s actions and inaction”.