Francis Npong, Tamale
A group calling itself the NDC Media Analysts has congratulated Prof. John Evans Atta Mills for winning the flagbearership of the ruling NDC during the just ended Sunyani congress.
According to the group, Prof. Mills overwhelming victory should not just end in Sunyani but be made to reflect in the 2012 elections.
A statement signed by the secretary of the group Mr. Baba Musah and copied various media houses in Tamale however appealed to the members of the party to rather focus on how to mobilize resources to strengthen the party towards the 2012 elections.
“The only looser during the congress is the NDC detractors who would have made more gains out of unfortunate happenings but that do not happen. This is the time to strengthen the party structures towards the 2012 elections”, the statement said.
The statement commended the national executives, Electoral Commission, security agency, and party supporters for ensuring a peaceful and blood free congress.
The group therefore made a passionate appeal to the supporters of the party to unity and support Prof. Mills to able to deliver a sound victory to the party in 2012. “All that we need to do is to bury our differences that came out during the Sunyani congress to support Prof Mills to retire the power drunk NPP flagbearer, Nana Akufo Addo”, the said.
The statement pointed out that internal wrangling within the party though was good for the development of internal democracy, supporters of the party should look beyond that and desist from exposing their ailments to the outsiders who might capitalize on it during the 2012 electioneering campaigning period.
The statement appealed to the party leadership to address various concerns raised by some party members before and during the party’s congress. It called on all party members to unite and join hands with the president to deliver the better Ghana agenda promised Ghanaians during the 2008 electioneering campaign period.
THE Development Policy Advisor at the Office of the Vice President, Dr Sulley Gariba, has observed that the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) has come to stay.
He stated that the basic components of SADA and its objectives would not be affected by the continuous change in government in the years to come.
Dr Gariba was reacting to concerns from some technical experts in Tamale to the effect that SADA must have a sustainable plan to ensure continuity of the programmes for the benefit of the people in northern Ghana.
He made the observation at a three-day technical roundtable conference on flood mitigation and development programme for Northern Savannah organised under the auspices of SADA.
More than 40 experts drawn from the Water Resources the Commission, the Volta River Authority, the Ghana Institution of Surveyors, Institution of Engineers, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the University for Development Studies, Community Water and Sanitation Agency, district assemblies and regional co-ordinating councils in northern Ghana attended the conference.
Selected media practitioners also participated in the discussion, which was designed to review existing strategies for integrated water resources management and flood control, define long-term strategies for converting flood waters into productive uses.
The conference followed an urgent call from the Vice-President, Mr John Mahama, on technical experts to convene and provide the government with a long-term solution to the flooding in northern Ghana.
Dr Gariba further stated that although the nomenclature of SADA might change from “time to time and from regime to regime, its basic thrust will remain the same”.
He said political commitment towards the successful implementation of SADA “was a tricky matter” but stressed that demands from entire citizenry, particularly those from the northern Ghana, would put governments on their toes in the years ahead.
Touching on funding for SADA implementation, he stated that there were three-pronged approaches, including regular budgetary allocation to the sector, donor and private sector funding and the proposition of a formula for funding under a law that was yet to be promulgated to help charge levies on petroleum products for the SADA funding.
The SADA Technical Team Leader, Dr Charles Jebuni, said the SADA was meant to provide additional funding to supplement the regular budgetary allocations to relevant institutions, including ministries and departments.
“SADA is not meant to reduce these budgetary allocations to the various sectors; it has been given the mandate to facilitate development in northern savannah”, Dr Jebuni stressed.