Northern Development Authority will be free from scandals – Deputy Minister

Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, Amidu Chinnia Issahaku has challenged assemblies in the region to ensure the yet-to-be-established Northern Development Authority (NDA) is free from mismanagement.

The deputy Minister at a Stakeholder Forum in Wa Wednesday said the last thing Ghanaians will want to hear is an Authority that is not living up to expectation.

With the Authority yet to be legalized by Parliament, Mr Issahaku has implored DCEs and MCEs who attended the event to continue to strategise for the body.

“The people of Ghana will want to see a new Authority devoid of scandals,” he told the gathering.

The NDA will replace the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) if its bill receives the approval of Parliament.

SADA was established in 2010 as an independent corporation to work towards the development of the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone (NSEZ).

But the Authority came under several scandals, which include the payment of ¢32,498,000 to ACICL for the planting of five million trees.

An investigation into the deal revealed only 700,000 trees could be accounted for after full payment was made to the company.

The revelation was made by Joy News’ Manasseh Azure Awuni who investigated the Authority in 2014.

Drawing lessons from SADA, the deputy Upper West Regional Minister said government will keenly monitor activities of the new Authority when it is established.

‘As we transform SADA [and] await the passage of the bill, we must continue to strategize [and] to take advantage of the Authority,” he said.

Joy News’ Upper West Regional Correspondent, Rafiq Salam reported the DCEs and MCEs who attended the programme promised to help the new Authority fulfil its objectives.

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