A youth group of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Northern Region has demanded the dissolution of the Northern Development Authority (NDA) by President Akufo-Addo, following the controversial sacking of its CEO.
In a statement from a press conference held at the Youth Resource Centre in Tamale, the ‘Concerned youth group of NPP in Tamale’ warned that if Dr. Alhassan Sulemana Anamzooya is not reinstated and the Board is not resolved, then they will advise themselves.
Mohammed Abdul Manan who read the statement on behalf of the group alleged that Dr. Anamzooya’s sack after his appointment in 2009 had been orchestrated by corrupt people on the Board of the NDA who had wanted him to give them shady contracts.
He alleges that the Board Chairman, Dr Hakeem Ahmed Wemah, styled himself into an enemy of Dr. Anamzooya after his proposition to have his company, Tamale Implement Factory Limited,’ awarded a contract by the NDA was rejected by Dr. Anamzooya.
According to Manan and his group, the money had been meant for investment into agriculture within the NDA catchment area. Allegedly, Dr. Anamzooya’s refusal to let him have his way is what turned the Board Chairman into a crusading enemy, leading to the sack of the CEO.
The group also fingered the NPP’s northern regional chairman, Adam Baantima Samba, as another collaborator in the plot to have Dr. Anamzooya removed.
Allegedly, Samba wanted projects under the government’s US$1million per Constituency to be contracted to him and when the NDA CEO refused, he joined forces with the Board Chairman to have the CEO removed.
The ‘Concerned youth group of NPP in Tamale’ expressed disappointment over the removal of Dr. Anamzooya, saying he was the only person of Northern extraction among the 12-member Board of the NDA.
They, therefore, want President Akufo-Addo to either reinstate Dr. Anamzooya or dissolve the Board or else they will resort to other means to express their disquiet.