President John Dramani Mahama has nominated a group of prominent Ghanaians to the Board of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA).

Nominees submitted to the Council of State for approval are corporate lawyer and former Deputy Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mrs. Angelina Mornah Domakyaareh, who is nominated to serve as the Chairperson; Professor Mariama Awumbila of the University of Ghana; Economist Dr. Alhassan Iddrisu and Banker Sulley Adam.

Also nominated to serve on the SADA Board are Naba Sigri Bewong, Mining Engineer and Traditional Ruler, representing the traditional authorities   Wilbert Tengey, representing civil society organizations; Dr. Samuel Ameyaw from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and Dr. Grace Bediako, the National Development Planning Commission.

A statement signed by the Head of Communications and Presidential Spokesperson, Ben Dotsei Malor on Wednesday said, ?The nominees will bring on board several years of experience in the areas of development, banking, corporate governance and law.?

The statement added, ?They are expected to refocus SADA?s mandate towards its core business as stipulated by the SADA Act of 2010 (ACT 805).?
SADA is an independent agency for coordinating a comprehensive development agenda for the northern savannah ecological zone in Ghana.

The agency?s main objective is to promote sustainable development using the notion of a forested and green north to catalyze climate change reversal and improve livelihoods of the most vulnerable citizens in the area.

The Agency has however, come under severe scrutiny and criticisms over the reported misappropriation of funds by some management officials.

Some have called for the total dissolution of SADA since according to them, it is not serving the sole purpose for which it was set up.

Last year, President Mahama, in a bid to restructure the Agency, dismissed its Chief Executive, Alhaji Gilbert Iddi.

Subsequently, the President ordered the termination of certain contracts under SADA in consultation with the Attorney-General.

The contract terminations affected the guinea fowl rearing; processing project and afforestation and tree growing project.

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