Politics of Friday, 2 May 2014
Pro New Patriotic Party (NPP) pressure group, Young Patriots, have welcomed a dissolution of the former Board of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA).
President John Mahama on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 reconstituted the old SADA Board and submitted a new list to the Council of State for approval.
The new Board will be chaired by a corporate lawyer and former Deputy Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mrs. Angelina Mornah Domakyaareh.
Other nominees to the Board are Professor Mariama Awumbila of the University of Ghana, Economist Dr. Alhassan Iddrisu, Banker Sulley Adam, Mining Engineer and Traditional Ruler, Naaba Sigri Bewong, representing the traditional authorities, Wilbert Tengey representing civil society organizations, Dr. Samuel Ameyaw from the Ministry of Finance and Dr. Grace Bediako from the National Development Planning Commission.
Young Patriots group, which in the past accused the former SADA management of corruption, commended President John Dramani Mahama for taking steps to save SADA from total collapse.
In a Citi News interview, Convener of the group, Richard Nyamah described as ideal, the composition of the new SADA Board.
He said, “At least it is a bit representative and broad now, it has not been narrowed to just a few northerners because the programme is [not] supposed to be a northern programme; is a Ghanaian programme and so wherever we can fetch the expertise from I think we should get that expertise to help and in that aspect I commend the President.”
However, Richard Nyamah called for the substitution of the old SADA management team.
In a related development, Executive Director of Ghana Integrity Initiative, Vitus Azeem, advocated a complete overhaul of the management team of SADA.
Also, Spokesperson for Mass Action Committee, a pressure group, Atik Mohammed requested for a forensic audit of the expenditure of the old SADA Board.