President John Mahama has called for calm following agitations by a group of former workers of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA).
The former SADA afforestation workers threatened a demonstration because of unpaid six months salaries.
But the President in an address to the people of the Upper West Region explained that because the tree planting project run into a few challenges and the project duration also expired, SADA has consulted a consultant to review the project saying, “that is what has resulted in the non-payment of the young people who were involved in the tree planting.”
He further explained that because the SADA project is under a review to allow for a re-direction, the leadership of SADA will soon brief the workers.
“I would confer with the leadership of SADA so that they can come around and explain to you and complete the review project as quickly as possible so that we can determine how this project goes forward,” he said.
President Mahama noted that the project is crucial as it is aimed at solving the current degradation of the forest belt.
“It is a very important project because our part of this country is becoming degraded. The more we rely on fuel wood the more the Sahara desert continuous to creep up on us,” he said.
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