Gov’t trying to retrieve SADA money


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The Savannah Accelerated Development
Authority (SADA) says government is seriously
working through the Attorney General’s (AG)
Department to retrieve with interest, its funds
spent on various projects.
Angelina Mornah Domakyaareh, SADA Board
Chairperson, said the AG’s Department was
negotiating with the various partners involved
on the terms of the refund and that the Bank
of Ghana was now working out the interest
rates due.
She assured Ghanaians that under the new
Board, there would be openness and
transparency in the activities of SADA.
“We acknowledge as a new Board that SADA
had had some image problems in the past. We
may call that failings; it is a human
institution, but we the new Board having
accessed the situation, we acknowledge that
even though there has been some failings,
SADA has not failed,” Domakyaareh, stated in
an interview with the Ghana News Agency at
the press launch of the 2015 Engineering
Week Celebration and the SADA Business and
Investment Forum in Accra
She said: “The previous Board had done some
good things; we are going to continue and
build on them. The challenges that they faced
and could not overcome; we have the benefit
of hind-sight to be guided by that.
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It is not our intention to repeat the short falls
that plagued the old Board.”
The Chairperson said: “So based on that we
are refocusing SADA’s mandate from direct
implementation which the institution is not
matured yet to do, to the other core mandates
which have been given to SADA by the same
act of coordinating, collaborating and
facilitating development activities in the
Northern Savannah Ecological Zone of Ghana.”
She explained further that by doing so the
Authority would be getting the maximum
impact from its activities.
On the way forward, the Chairperson said
SADA is a national agenda; coordinating a
comprehensive development agenda for five
regions – Northern, Upper East, Upper West,
the northern parts of the Brong Ahafo and
Volta; representing the Northern Half of
Ghana.
She, therefore, urged the private sector and
major local and international investors and
development partners to support SADA’s
development agenda for the benefit of all
Ghanaians.
She described the collaboration of SADA with
the Ghana Institute of Engineers as very
pivotal in fulfillment of the Authority’s
mandate.

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