One of the Afforestation sites of the SADA-ACI Afforestation

As National Democratic Congress (NDC) members and sympathizers jubilated and cheered President Mahama upon arrival in the Upper East region on a regional tour, a group of former workers of the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority with the Asongtaba Cottage Industries (SADA-ACI) Afforestation, drawn from various plantation sites across the Bolgatanga municipality, had to be prevailed upon to abandon their plans to welcome the President to the region with a demonstration over their ?unlawful? dismissal.

The former SADA-ACI Afforestation workers said they had also not been paid for the past six months.

Though the group called off the intended demonstration, the former ?SADA Tree Planting? workers gathered at the Bolgatanga Jubilee Park ahead of an ?NDC Thank You? rally to afford the President an opportunity to thank the people of the Upper East region for voting massively for the NDC in 2012.

The former workers were sacked some three months ago, even though they had not been paid since June 2013.

The SADA-ACI Afforestation Project became a major topic for public discussion following people?s anger over the quantum of money that was released by the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority to the Asongtaba Cottage Industries to plant trees in a dry season.

The dismissal of the workers would not come as a surprise to those who had been monitoring the SADA-ACI Afforestation Project, because there was virtually no tree to water nor protect from dying or burning.

As to why the workers had not been paid for six months, would continue to baffle members of the public, especially when so much money was pumped into the project, which had widely been described as a mirage.

The former workers wanted the President to intervene so they would be re-engaged to continue their work or be paid their salaries which the implementing agency, Asongtaba Cottage Industries, had not paid for six months.

 From: Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Bolgatanga


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