Business News of Sunday, 12 March 2017
The Coalition of SADA Zone Civil Society Organizations have condemned recent attacks on officials of one of its partners, Unique Savannah by an alleged NPP-affiliated youth group in Tamale, Kandaha boys.
The group, is alleged to have assaulted the officials without provocation. The injured officials are have been hospitalized in Tamale still receiving treatment.
A statement by the coalition called on the Ministry of Interior to as a matter of urgency investigate and bring to book, persons behind the attack.
“We, the members of the Coalition of SADA Zone Civil Society Organizations drawn from Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Brong Ahafo and Volta Regions of Ghana are calling on the Government particularly the Interior Minister to, as a matter of urgency, arrest and prosecute members of an alleged NPP youth group in Tamale, Kandahar Boys for violently attacking and assaulting some officials of SADA’s development partners, Unique Savannah for reasons that are unfounded, baseless and without merit.”
The coalition said it believes the attacks were launched over the distribution of some five thousands tricycles meant for distribution to the regions under the SADA ecological zone.
“The facts of the matter are that SADA’s partner, Unique Savannah has about five thousand (5,000) motor tricycles in stock for public private partnership business in the five regions in the northern savannah ecological zone. Northern region alone benefited a total of 2, 000 of these bikes as its share leaving 3, 000 bikes for the remaining 4 regions. On hearing that arrangements have been made by management of Unique Savannah and the Regional Ministers from the other 4 regions to convey their share of the bikes to their respective regions.”,
The coalition said it was worried over what appears to be the silence of government and the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in calling the youth group to order.
“Government’s failure to ruthlessly deal with these militant groups who are terrorizing law abiding citizens and investors seem to suggest that the groups have the blessing and approval of the government to engage in such lawlessness.”
It added that, “By this misconduct, the youth risk eroding the gains made so far by SADA and also has a huge potential of driving away a good number of investors that the new leadership of SADA has brought to invest in the zone for job creation and poverty reduction.”