The Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA ),says it is waiting patiently for government to go through and approve its Master plan to pave way for its implementation.
The Chief Executive Officer of SADA, Mr Charles Abugre, told the press that, “ the overall master plan is coming to a conclusion… it was presented to the Economic Management Team of the government and they have made their immediate comments, but they are going to make their more detailed comments and based on those comments and approval of the plan, then it will be ready for implementation.”
Mr Abugre said in the meantime, the detailed work relative to the development of profiles for some catalytic projects in the SADA master plan had begun while waiting for government to make input to the Master plan itself.
He disclosed that government had also requested for some of the catalytic projects to be presented, and that has also been done. “So the finalization of the master plan is awaiting government’s input”, he added.
The SADA Master Plan is a blueprint, with strong emphasis on agriculture, tourism, education and infrastructure, which is to be used by the Authority to spearhead the transformation of the Northern Savanna Ecological Zone (NSEZ),
The CEO spoke to the media recently when SADA in collaboration with Surbana Jurong, a premier Spatial and City Modeling agency of the Singapore Government, made a presentation on the Transport and Infrastructure plans of Buipe and Tamale for some key Ministries.
The presentation was meant to enable key ministries make input into these plans before they are finalized. The meeting brought together Directors and Chief Directors, the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives, Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development, Ministry of Transport, Ghana Water Company Limited, Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund, the media among others.
The Minister for Special Development Initiative, Hon Mavis Hawa Koomson had in an ealier interview commended the Authority for its positive match to bring the much needed development to the SADA area.
She added , “I have visited the three northern part of the country and I saw what SADA is doing and I will say I am impressed with what the current CEO is doing and the staff at the northern regions.”
She gave the assurance that government would continue with all the policies and programmes of SADA, adding “ all that SADA is doing is going to be replicated in the other Development Authorities.”
The Minister Continued, “Yes…100 percent assurance that we will continue with all what SADA is doing… “ It is even in the Bill that all that SADA is doing we are going to continue.”