Government lauds SADA

Hon. Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama lauds SADA’s Plans to position Tamale and Buipe for Transformation.

The Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) as part of its consultation process to seek input for the finalization of the SADA Master Plan has made a presentation to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. The presentation was to enable the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama and her team, appreciate the work that SADA has done and to seek the Ministry’s input to enrich the Master Plan.

The CEO of SADA, Mr. Charles Abugre in his remarks indicated it had taken two years for SADA to work with the Town and Country Planning Department and Surbana Jurong of Singapore to gather the necessary data to come up with a Regional Concept Plan for the NSEZ. The Regional Concept plan includes elaborate city plans of Tamale and Buipe as part of SADA’s transformational agenda to spur the growth and development of then area starting with Tamale and Buipe, he added. Key to this presentation was an elaborate Property Tax system that would be implemented to increase the revenue generation base of the Tamale, Sanarigu and Buipe District Assemblies.

Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister for Local Government & Rural Development with Charles Abugre, SADA CEO during the meeting.

The presentation further emphasized that the Buipe City Plan, when implemented, would be the key driver of change and employment generation in the Buipe area. It would be an inland port city with industry and logistics handling; this will trigger further investment in other areas and create jobs. The use of water transport system in Buipe would decrease the cost of transportation of goods from the north to the south and vice versa.

The Tamale concept plan is a creation of the SADA Master plan, a 25-year old development agenda that the authority is confident will serve as a blueprint in the transformation of the savanna zone from a place of challenges to a place of opportunities for investors and residents.

As a part of the bigger picture, the Tamale concept plan aims at modernizing the three assemblies in the inner part of the region to help ease the bottlenecks facing public transport system, water and sanitation.

It will also help optimize the value and ability of the assemblies to attract investments from the country and aboard to help spur growth of the entire northern savanna ecological zone (NSEZ).

After listening to presentations on the SADA master plan, Hajia Mahama said the project fell in line with the government's commitment to bettering the lot of the people.

As a result, she said the ministry will support the authority to make it real.

She, however, stressed the need for SADA to ensure that the Tamale Concept plan helps to address the transport challenges bedeviling the various assemblies.