4 July 2012

Ghana: 'Northern Ghana Needs a Real Development Plan'

Wa — THE running mate of Nana Akufo-Addo for the 2012 general elections, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has attributed the sloppy implementation of the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) project to the fact that the concept had been blindly stolen by the government.

Dr. Bawumia said during a tour of the Sissala East and Sissala West Constituencies of the Upper West Region constituency that "In 2008m when Nana Akufo-Addo proposed the idea of the Northern Development Authority, the NDC ridiculed it and later copied it blindly.

"They (NDC) copied it without the ideas needed to make it workm and that shows in the poor implementation of SADA three and half years down the line."

He told the teeming crowd that the NDC, after copying Nana Akufo-Addo's original idea of the Northern Development Fund, renamed it SADA without recourse to the original concept and the vision that drove it, thus bungling the implementation, and losing the opportunity to bridge the development gap between the north and south of the country.

"Can the NDC tell us with certainty what projects they will be completing in the next five years?" he queried, and said "the NDC cannot put their fingers on any concrete projects for implementation in the next five to ten years."

Dr. Bawumia also questioned the source of funding for projects, pointing out that the source of financing for the SADA was currently under a model called 'lalasulala' financing."

The NPP running mate stated that the NDC government lacked the ideas and commitment to develop the north, and had rather turned its attention into propaganda games meant to deceive the people of the north.

He said: "A few months ago, we were told that they had secured GH¢100 million for SADA. Till date, that money hasn't gotten into the SADA account, because they claim that SADA doesn't have a plan yet to use the money."

He indicated that by admitting that the SADA had no plans, the NDC was self confessing that it had no plans for northern development.

"If SADA has no plan, then it means that the NDC has no plan for the development of the Northern Region, and by extension, no commitment to bridge the gap between the north and the south of the country," Dr. Bawumia noted.

Nana Akufo-Addo's running mate questioned how the SADA, which we have been told has had no plan for the last three and half years, could suddenly donate 100 tractors with barely five months to go to the general elections.

He stated that what the north needed was not an election propaganda plan, but a real development plan.

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