Charlce Abugri (3rd right) with some dignitaries at the launch
The Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) yesterday launched the Master Planning Process for the transformation of the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone of Ghana.
The planning process is expected to position SADA Zone to attract investors and investments, create several opportunities and generate employment and economic growth.
SADA has contracted Surbana International PTE of Singapore to provide the master plan to transform the Savannah Zone.
Surbana Jurong is expected to work closely with Ghanaian institutions such as the Town and Country Planning Department in collaboration with the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) to deliver the following project.
The Master Plan
Charles Abugri, Chief Executive of SADA, said the Master Plan will provide an integrated data management system, including high resolution maps, develop the SADA Regional Concept Plan and deliver the Tamale City and Buipe City Master Plans.
He said the Tamale City and Buipe City Master plans will include zoning plans and urban design proposals; environment plans, transport, utilities and ICT infrastructure proposals and an online and GIS-based land management and property tax system.
Mr Abugri said it will also review the planning framework and conduct socio-economic analysis aimed at developing a unique regional vision, prescribing specific economic sectors, as well as supporting SADA’s investment promotion drive within the Zone.
Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO, Surbana Jurong Private Limited said, “We are very happy to be a strategic partner for Ghana’s transformation. SJ has completed master plans for over 30 countries around the world, including 10 in Africa.
“This is our largest master planning project to date and we look forward to working closely with SADA to develop a master plan that all Ghanaians can be proud of.”
The Savannah Zone
The zone occupies 54.4 percent of the land area of Ghana (130,264 sq km) with about one third of Ghana’s population.
It comprises 64 administrative districts in the Northern, Upper-West, Upper East Regions and the northern parts of the Volta and Brong Ahafo Regions.
Although blessed with immense natural resources, resilient and hardworking people, a vibrant culture rooted in thousands of years of history, the area scores low in most human development indicators and inhabit a fragile environment.
It is expected that the process would help develop effectively the SADA Zone.
By Cephas Larbi