Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has criticised President John Dramani Mahama of not commenting on the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) during his recent campaign tour of the three northern regions.
He said President Mahama’s inability to speak on the issue was because SADA has become a white elephant.
He has, therefore, promised that if he wins this year’s presidential election, the NPP administration under his presidency would re-establish the Northern Development Authority (NoDA) and pay attention to the infrastructural deficit in the northern regions.
In a Facebook post on his official page on Tuesday Nana Akufo-Addo said: “SADA has been a monumental failure. It has been a vehicle for public money going down the drain.
Money that should have been used to establish the basis of a performing agricultural sector in the north has gone into people’s pockets.”
He added that “in the December 2008 general elections, I pledged to establish a Northern Development Authority and a Northern Development Fund, vehicles which would help bridge the developmental gap between the north and the south”.
“The then National Democratic Congress’ vice presidential candidate, John Mahama, laughed at it. He said I was talking from the back of my head and that if I could find any monies for the Northern Development Fund, I should use that to pay the debts of VRA. When they came to power, they decided it was a good idea after all and brought us SADA.”
Nana Akufo-Addo stressed that,“today, the President can tour the three regions of the north and cannot mention SADA – an initiative which he says is his baby. He cannot mention SADA anymore, because it has become a big failure. We are going to re-establish the NoDA and pay attention to the infrastructural deficit in the north”.