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Northern Ghana MPs Commend NDF ?

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Dr Wemah in white (left) and other executives at Parliament
Dr Wemah in white (left) and other executives at Parliament
Members of Parliament from the three Regions of Northern Ghana have commended the Northern Development Forum (NDF) for the role it has played in bringing about the establishment of the Northern Development Fund by the Government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2008. This Fund was later changed by the Government of the National Democratic Congress to the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) in 2010. The commendation was made when the Executive members of the NDF met the MPs at Parliament House, Accra on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.
The Parliamentarians, from the NDC, NPP and the Peoples National Convention,? ?who form the Caucus of MPs from the three Regions of the North also noted with great satisfaction the contribution of NDF to the promotion of peace in the three regions. ?We are very much aware of what you people are doing silently and will endeavor to support you for the invaluable services that you are rendering to the people of our three Regions.? They added.
On SADA, the Caucus noted that a lot did go wrong with SADA in the past but with the new Board and Management of SADA they were of the hope that the sad situation of SADA will change for the better. The MPs pleaded with NDF to ?please give SADA your advice and monitor their activities. SADA is your brain child; you should therefore not allow it to fail. Indeed, if SADA fails it will be an indictment on those of us for which it was established.? ?In his address, the Chairman of NDF, Dr. Hakeem Wemah, stressed the need for closer collaboration between the Caucus and the NDF. ?We have to come up with ideas and programmes that would contribute to the building of peace, unity and the socio-economic development of our three regions.? he added.
He said that NDF was formed on the values and ideals of being non-political (non-partisan), non-religious and non-ethnic with the main objective of advocating for the integral development of the three regions of Northern Ghana. ?Dr. Wemah took the opportunity of the meeting to remind the MPs of an invitation from NDF to them to attend the First NDF Family Fun Day programme that will take place at El-Wak Sports Stadium on Saturday, December 6, 2014.
The?Day, which is open to the public, is aimed at?promoting unity among the people of the three regions of the North and thereby contributing to national cohesion. There will be an?exhibition of a variety of food, cultural attire and traditional dancing. A football gala, Tug of Peace and other games among the various language groups of the three regions will also take place on that day.
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The two bodies (MPs and NDF) agreed to meet at least three times a year. The first interaction between the NDF and the MPs was on November 8, 2007 followed by that of 2008 and the last one in 2009. ?The MPs were led by the Chairman of their Caucus, Hon. Alhaji Amadu Seidu, MP for Yapei-Kusawgu.
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