Failure Of SADA. A Tragedy

nanaThe 2012 Presidential candidate of the the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has described the failure of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) as one of the biggest tragedies in the history of the country since independence.

He said even though SADA was intended as an intervention to ameliorate and bridge the poverty gap between the north and south, its implementation had been haphazard as it had been dogged with series of corruption allegations.

Nana Akufo-Addo was in the Upper West Region on the first leg of his campaign to lead the party into the 2016 presidential elections he was accompanied by his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the deputy minority leader, Dominic Nitiwul, Mr Ambross Dery and Alhaji Sahanu Mogtari among others.

It was also his first time to the region since the 2012 elections and was given a rousing welcome by a larger number of party supporters and sympathizers.

Addressing party delegates at Wa, Nana Akufo-Addo said it was unfortunate that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2008 bastardized him for muting out the idea of a Northern Development Authority (NDA) and yet copied it and change the name to SADA.

To buttress his point he said “then candidate Mahama said I was talking from the back of my head and that if I can raise $1billion for NDA, I should use that money to pay the debt of the Volta River Authority.”

He said it was sad that the NDC after copying the idea had turned it into a venture where huge sums of monies were stolen by a few at the expense of the larger majority of northerners in the country.

Nonetheless, he said the development of the north and the entire country continued to be his vision and when given the opportunity to be the President of the country he would work to ensure it became a reality.

Nana Akufo-Addo explained that the burning issues motivating him to seek the leadership of the country were the need to bridge the gap between the north and south as well as the future cohesion and unity of the country, and he was committed to one Ghana.

He said the sorry state in which the country found itself today required the leadership of competent and experienced team, stressing that “What Ghana is looking for today is a competent and experienced team under a decisive leader to put it back on track. Ghanaians want a good government with the consent of the people and God willing, I can assemble such a formidable team that will make Ghana work again”.

For his part Dr Bawumia assured the delegates that the leadership of the party had realized that elections were won at the polling stations, and assured that the leadership of the party would redirect all its attention and resources to the polling stations to ensure total victory for the party.

He admonished all party supporters to be vigilant in the upcoming voter registration exercise to ensure that the right things were done.

Touching on the economy, Dr Bawumia said government under the NDC in the last six years had spent a total $6.5 in its failed attempt to stabilize the value of the Ghana cedi.

He said despite all this huge expenditure of the country’s scarce foreign exchange reserves, the country’s currency continued to depreciate making it officially, the worst performing currency in the world.

Comparing it to the eight-year rule of former President Kufuor he said $2.5 billion of non-oil foreign exchange sales was used to stabilize the cedi, adding that “as at the time the NPP left office in January 7, 2009, the cedi traded at Gh¢1.20 to $1.

Though not a prophet of doom Dr Bawumia predicted that the current outlook of the country’s economy meant there was no option than to go to the International Monatery Fund (IMF) for bailout, adding that “The bills that we owe as a nation is currently more than what we have in our reserves, and yet still the government says we are not in crisis.”

He said there was no way the economy of the country would be normal the government only found money when such schemes as GYEEDA, SUBAH, SADA crop up and yet when statutory payments to the NHIS, District Assemblies Common Fund, GETFund are to be made, the government seemed not to fnd the money.

Dr Bawumia therefore pleaded with Ghanaians to look towards the leadership of Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP to find practicable solutions to the crisis.

From Cliff Ekuful, Wa


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