Tamale, July 27, GNA – The Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) has held a technical committee meeting to discuss its Tamale, Sagnarigu and Buipe Cities Master Plan setting urban development directions for the three cities.
Officials from the Town and Country Planning Department and other critical planning institutions including chiefs from Tamale, Sagnarigu and Buipe attended the meeting in Tamale on Monday.
Participants assessed the Master Plan and made inputs to fine-tune it to ensure rapid socio-economic development of Tamale, Sagnarigu and Buipe, considered as the growth centre of the northern savanna ecological zone.
SADA has contracted Surbana Jurong, a Singaporean company, to draw the 25-year Master Plan, setting urban development directions for Tamale, Sagnarigu and Buipe.
Mr Djoko Prihanto, Deputy Director of Surbana Jurong, presented the Tamale, Sagnarigu and Buipe Cities Master Plan during the meeting- an ambitious plan seeking to harness the existing potentials of the three cities to propel development in the SADA zone.
He said the implementation of the Master Plan would make the three cities an industrial hub and a tourism centre amongst others providing many highly skilled services for enhanced growth.
Dr Emmanuel Abeere-inga, Director for Infrastructure, Lands, Environment and Natural Resource at SADA, said the need for proper planning of cities in the SADA zone was inevitable to build strong foundation for the development of the SADA regions.
Some of the participants lauded the Master Plan but called for broad consultation of citizens of the SADA zone to seek their inputs into the plan.