The Northern Youth for Peace and Development (NYUPED), a Non Governmental Organization has finally declared holy war (Jihad) on the Mills-Mahama led NDC administration by notifying the northern regional police command on its intended demonstration on September 10, 2011.
The demonstration is intended to expose government on what the organization considers the Mills-Mahama led NDC administrations failed promised to allocate Gh200 million cedis to the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority to implement its programmes.
The organization as part of its grand agenda paid courtesy calls on some chiefs and opinion leaders in Tamale including the chief of Tamale Naa Dakpema Dawuni Alhassan and the Gukpegu Regent Abdulai Ziblim to seek their support ahead of the September 10 demonstration.
Prince Hardi Adams, Executive Director of the Northern Youth for Peace and Development declared the Jihad on government at a news conference in Tamale as part of preparations towards the September 10, demonstration.
“Our organization is highly disappointed in the President Atta Mills NDC government’s handling of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) which is supposed to serve as a vehicle for the growth and development of the three northern regions of Ghana.”
“Government’s lackadaisical financial commitment towards the smooth implementation of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) has confirmed our suspicion of the deception being perpetuated by the Atta Mills led NDC administration” he fumed.
Prince Hardi Adams said the people of northern Ghana’s patience on the implementation of the SADA programmes had been overstretched and that they could no longer wait for the “So called donor conference” government has trumpeted since 2009.
“We have been told by the NDC government which pledged Gh200 million cedis as seed capital that there is going to be donor conference on SADA: the question we as is what if the donors at the end of the much awaited conference fail to make financial commitment at the end of the day” Prince Hardi interrogated.
The Northern Youth for Peace and Development’s Executive Director earlier in an interview with Citi News said nothing will stop it from organizing what it expects to be a mammoth demonstration in Tamale.
Prince Hardi Adams explained that the decision was borne out of Parliament’s recent authorization of the controversial 3 billion Chinese loan facility without a substantial amount of it being allocated for SADA.
This, he noted justified government’s insensitivity to the people of Northern Ghana.
Prince Hardi Adams took a swipe at the Majority leader of Parliament, Hon. Cletus Avoka, Minister for Communication, Hon. Harunah Iddrisu and other Parliamentarians of Northern extraction who were instrumental during the 3 billion loan facility’s authorization, without admonishing government to factor SADA into the deal.
Questioned on the suspension of an earlier demonstration slated for Tuesday May 31, 2011, Prince Hardi Adams pointed to government’s reassurance that a substantial amount had been allocated for SADA in the 2011 supplementary budget.
The Northern Youth for Peace and Development Executive Director maintained that Vice president John Dramani Mahama and all Ministers of Northern extraction have been disingenuous to their kinsmen; hence NYUPED’s call for their resignation was still relevant.
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