31October2014

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Government To Terminate SADA Contracts

President John Mahama has instructed the Board of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority, (SADA) to terminate contracts it entered into with Asongtaba Cottage Industries.

A statement signed by Mr. Ben Dotsei Malor, Senior Communications Advisor and Presidential Spokesperson said the SADA Board must act in consultation with the Attorney General.

According to the statement SADA entered into a 47 million cedis contract with the Asongtaba Cottage Industry under a Guinea fowl farming and afforestation projects in the northern parts of Ghana.

It further said an amount of GH¢32 million was allocated for the tree planting project, while the Guinea fowl project cost an additional GH¢15 million.

Several years after the contract was signed and the amount disbursed nothing concrete has been achieved.

The issue was raised on a floor of Parliament by a Minority Member last year after it emerged that all the seedlings bought and planted for the afforestation project had been burnt by the hot weather.

Infrastructure for the Guinea fowl project was also yet to be concluded years after monies had been disbursed.

The issue became a subject of investigation by the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).

However the president has instructed that the contracts be abrogated.

The president's directive "follows the submission of a report by the Minister responsible for Development Authorities, Dr. Ahmed Mustapha, regarding two SADA projects," the statement said.

According to the statement, while the presidency acknowledges the viability of the projects the necessary systems had not been put in place.

The statement further requested the "SADA Board to hold consultations with the Forestry Commission and the Ministry of Local Government to work out a strategy for the proper implementation of the afforestation and tree growing project, on a decentralized basis."

Source: GBC