Resource SADA from the 2016 Supplementary Budget- CSOs Demand
The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations(CSOs) working in the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) Zone are demanding that government should adequately resource SADA from the 2016 Supplementary Budget being currently presented to parliament to enable it effectively and efficiently embark on its agricultural led transformation agenda in the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone for the benefits of all Ghanaians.
Minister of Finance, Seth Tekper is currently presenting the 2016 Supplementary budget before Parliament for approval or otherwise by the house. The Supplementary budget is an addition to an already approved budget.
SADA has now come with a new Roadmap to unlock the huge developmental potentials of the Northern Sector through agriculture led transformation after it was saddled with some financial misappropriations leading to the overhauling of its whole structures.
In a press Statement issued Saturday, July 23, 2016 signed by the Executive Secretary of the CSOs, Bismarck Ayorigo stated that the development of the SADA Zone is imperative for the micro-economic stability, growth, food security, jobs and poverty reduction. And it must be emphasized that despite the challenges that SADA faced in its early days, it remains the only viable development vehicle to move the country speedily into achieving the sustainable development goals.
The statement indicated that the SADA Zone is known in development circles as an economic reservoir and hence needs increased investments to wake it for the total transformation of the Ghanaian economy.
“It is regrettable that after restructuring and reshaping SADA ,the authority continuous to be neglected and denied national resources allocation ,this is not only making citizens raise critical questions on government’s commitment to supporting SADA transform the Northern Savannah ecological zone into a place of opportunity and free from poverty but also seriously contravenes section 18 of the SADA Act 205 of 2010 which enjoins government to finance SADA through annual budgetary allocation “ the release stated
The CSOs are also accusing government of neglecting the Northern sector by paying less attention to SADA which has not gone down well with a chunk of Ghanaians leading to the coalition petitioning the relevant stakeholders.
“The continuous neglect of SADA in the national budget has over the period not gone well with many Ghanaians particularly those from the northern Savannah areas, as a result ,the Coalition in the first quarter of 2016 petitioned the Minister of state in charge of development authorities, leadership of parliament and all the regional Ministers from the operational regions of SADA on the need for government to make reasonable allocation of resources from the 2016 Supplementary budget to SADA” the statement said
The CSOs have therefore renewed its demand from government not to disappoint Ghanaians again particularly those from the Northern Savannah ecological zone by resourcing SADA from the 2016 Supplementary Budget.
Source: Samuel Mbura | kapital971.com