President John Evans Atta Mills on Wednesday inaugurated the first board of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), and reiterated the determination of Government to bring equitable development and commitment to the needs of the vulnerable.
He said the people of the savannah zone, for which the SADA was created, were justifiably expectant to realise rapid development.
President Mills urged the nine-member board to bring its rich experience and diverse expertise to bear on the development of the beneficiary communities to ensure a fair share of the national cake.
Government created the SADA to address the development imbalance between the southern and northern sector and to alleviate poverty through a number of development initiatives in the Upper West, Upper East, Northern, Brong Ahafo and Volta regions of Ghana.
Currently the focus on development has been in Accra- Tema, Kumasi and Takoradi, creating a lopsided development and a mass drift of people in the relative less developed areas to the urban areas.
The board is chaired by Alhaji Alhassan Andani, a Banker; with Mr Paul Victor Obeng, a Development Engineer and Member of the National Development Planning Commission; Dr Alhassan Iddrisu of the Ministry of Finance, Chief Musa Badimsugru, an Electrical Engineer, Mrs Blandina Battir, a Community Development Specialist as members.
The other members are Mrs Akanbangbiem Asokea, a Lawyer, Mr Akwasi Addae Boahene, Strategic Management Expert, Victoria Okine Gender Expert, and Dr Sulley Gariba.
The President administered the Oath of Secrecy and the Oath of Allegiance. – GNA