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General News of Monday, 19 October 2015


SADA guinea fowls flew to Burkina Faso was a joke - SADA Boss

Charles Abugri, SADA CEO Charles Abugri, SADA CEO

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), Mr. Charles Abugri has said reports that guinea fowls that were being reared under the SADA project had flown to neighboring Burkina Faso were a joke.

It would be recalled that management of SADA last year made hilarious media headlines when they disclosed in one of their responses to the whereabouts of the hundreds of guinea fowls they claimed to be rearing that the birds had flown to Burkina Faso.

Their response followed fact-finding visits by journalists to the facility where the animals were being reared by Asongtaba Cottage Industry at Sumbrungu near Bolgatanga in the Upper East region. The media, during the numerous visits, only spotted a handful of birds contrary to reports that they were in hundreds, in justification of the huge sums of money government sunk into the project.

The management at the time struggled to explain the whereabouts of the rest of the birds to the extent it was revealed they may have flown to an unknown destination in neighbouring Burkina Faso.

But speaking to sit-in hostess, Yaa Serwah Akoto on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.3 FM, Mr. Charles Abugri stated that the statement was meant to be a joke since under no circumstance can a guinea fowl fly such long distance into Burkina Faso.

“Guinea fowls are not migrating birds and it will be difficult for the birds to travel long distances. They couldn’t have flown across boundaries. Recently, I also heard that the birds were said to have returned, that is also impossible as it is unlikely for the birds to go far and trace their route back. You leave a guinea fowl somewhere beyond a kilometer and it will be difficult for it to return to its home. This is why I say, that statement was a joke. Jokes are indeed meant to be taken as jokes”.

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