Politicization Collapsed SADA- Joseph Henry Akanluk Akanpatulsi
A senior citizen in the Upper East Region has observed that the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) could not materialize as expected due to political characterization on the part of political leaders.
According to Joseph Henry Akanluk Akanpatulsi, the erstwhile administration failed to examine previous projects like the District Capacity Building Project (DISCAP) in order to replicate or modify a sustainable SADA.
Just like SADA, the Canadian support project DISCAP which was a tool for change for the three regions of the North, emphasized on promoting sustainable management of water and sanitation systems. SADA on the other hand which is an agency aimed at bridging the development disparities between the savannah zone and the southern sector of the country is said to have been mismanaged.
Speaking on A1 radio’s ‘Zina Yela’ program on Monday, Mr. Akanluk who doubles a development consultant said SADA’s image dented due to mismanagement and failure of the part of politicians.
He stated that the government then failed “to examine and even get documents about what we were doing [DISCAP] so that they will either replicate, modify or do something to suit our people, people politicize it [SADA].”
One of SADA’s projects was the guinea fowl rearing. SADA engaged in a contract with Asongtaaba Cottage Industries with an allocation of Ghc15 million in the rearing of guinea fowls but nothing concrete was achieved after millions of Ghana cedis was invested in it.
It is against this backdrop that Mr. Akanluk asserted that government failed to pave way for beneficiaries to own the project.
“Just give them [beneficiaries] monies and the technical support and they will do it. Government has no business in doing business. Government cannot run business; you [government] can only facilitate business so when some of us heard about this guinea fowl project we knew it was just going to be a nine day wonder. And some of the things, I don’t know how they wrote the project document but they were talking more about politics than what is on the ground”
Mr. Akanluk who chastised northerners for contributing to the lack of development in northern part of the country entreated policy makers in the three regions of the northern to devoid the ‘pull him down’ syndrome and work assiduously for the betterment of northern Ghana.
By: Joshua Asaah|A1radioonline.com|Ghana