The government has, since 2011, released GH¢60 million for the operations of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), the board chairman, Mr Alhassan Andani, has announced.
According to him, that amount excluded the seed capital of GH¢200 million released for the effective operations of SADA in the five beneficiary regions of the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Volta and Brong Ahafo.
Mr. Andani, who made the announcement at the inauguration of the SADA head office in Tamale on Saturday, commended the government for demonstrating its commitment to ensure the successful operations of the authority.
The new office is situated at the Tamale Industrial Area, on the premises of the former Ghana Cotton Company.
Prior to the inauguration of the new office, SADA operated from the offices of the Northern Regional Coordinating Council.
Mr Andani said such unflinching support by the government had enabled the authority to realise some of its objectives of improving the lives of the people through job creation, especially in the agricultural sector.
He reminded the people that “SADA is not a project but an authority that facilitates and co-ordinates activities in areas such as agriculture for job creation”.
He indicated that about 11,000 households had so far been assisted by the authority to cultivate more than 8,000 hectares of land.
Mr Andani admonished members of staff of SADA to gird their loins to discharge their responsibilities with the utmost honesty, dedication and hard work to ensure that it succeeded.
“We on the board will continue to deliver our mandate with dedication,” he said.
The Chief Executive Officer of SADA, Alhaji Gilbert Seidu Iddi, observed that within its short period of operation, SADA had increased the production of some cereals such as maize from the initial 1.5 metric tonnes to 4.9 metric tonnes per hectare.
He mentioned dry season farming and afforestation, where over five million seedlings had been planted by more than 5,000 support staff, as some of its initiatives.
According to him, other project areas included the rearing of guinea fowl and the partnership with the private sector, particularly in the energy sector under which a solar power project would soon be piloted in the East Mamprusi District.
A minister of state at the Office of the President in charge of development authorities, Dr Mustapha Ahmed, reminded the management and staff of SADA of the need to live up to expectation to ensure the accomplishment of the objectives of SADA.
He assured the people of the beneficiary regions that the government would not renege on its promise to help bridge the development gap between the north and the south.