|Posted by Npong on September 16, 2011 at 10:10 AM|
Francis Npong, Tamale
The Upper East Regional Minister Hon. Mark Wayogo has blamed the agitation from sections of Ghanaians over the delays in the implementation of activities of Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) on the lack of information flow within the government. “Agitations over SADA are as a result of non flow of information on the government efforts being made to kick start the implementation of SADA activities”, he said.
The Minister said this when he addressed stakeholders and civil society organizations at a validation workshop for the establishment of SADA Millennium Village project in Tamale. The workshop which drawn stakeholders from the Upper East and Northern regions together is a five year development pogramme aimed among other things to build systems and key basic infrastructure at the most endemic and deprived communities in the West Mampurusi and Bulsi District of the regions to improve the livelihoods of the people.
The programme which would be launched soon is initiated by SADA and being funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) with an amount of 18 million dollars. The beneficiary communities includes Siliga, Nabari, Sariba, Kinkandina, Duu, Jagsi, Kpasenkpe, Kunkua, and Katigri in the West Mampurusi District of the Northern Region and Gbedembilisi, Dalaasa, Kandem, BWeisi Yipala, Yerinsa, and Luisa in the Upper East Region are among the 34 communities that would witness massive basic infrastructural development.
“These are some of the programmes SADA would be rolling out to bridge the development gap between the north and south but the public was unaware of some of these progress”, the minister stated. Underscoring the importance of effective communications, Mr. Wayogo challenged the SADA secretariat to strengthen its communications to disseminate information relating to SADA activities to the public to reduce agitations by sections of Ghanaians against SADA implementation. Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Enquirer, the Chief Executive Officer for SADA, Alhaji Gilbert Seidu Iddi indicated that the government was putting necessary structures and frameworks in place to ensure the smooth kick start of SADA programmes.
“The government is putting necessary things in place to ensure that when SADA activities rollout it will not face too much difficulties in implementation”, he said. Alhaji Iddi explained that SADA Millennium Village Project (SADA-MVP) would rollout massive basic infrastructure such as schools, health centers, water and sanitation facilities, energy infrastructure, gender, communications and transportation in the selected most deprived communities to improve the livelihoods of the people.
The project would also deplore modern technology to improve food production, agric and non-agric sources of income, assets, expenditure, and consumption in line of the Millennium Development Goals I to VII to improve the lives of over 30, 000 people including their women and children.
The team leader of Bonsaaso Cluster of Villages Project, Dr. Joseph Mensah-Homiah said the project when kick starts would target the reduction of poverty, infant and maternal mortality, malaria infections, HIV/AIDS infection, TB treatment, and access to portable drinking water, access to essential medicines and treatment, band connectivity to enhance the general welfare of the people.
He appealed to the beneficiary communities to support the implementation of the programme to reduce the stresses and difficulties they go through. The Northern Regional Minister Hon. Moses Bukari Mabengba explained that SADA Millennium Village Project (SADA-MVP) is a special development initiative that seeks to address development challenges in the most deprived communities.
It would create wealth, and re-enforce synergies among interventions, improve coordination and strengthening capacities at local levels. He appealed to the people to exercise restraints while government puts frameworks to roll out more lasting development programmes.