Three regional houses of chiefs; the Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions have kicked against the lumping of the sheanuts industry with the Ghana Cocoa board.
The president of upper east Regional House of Chiefs, Naba Sigri Bewong says he and his colleague presidents of the three houses of chiefs have sent a petition to President Mahama demanding the separation of the sheanuts industry from the cocoa board.
They want a separate board for the sheanuts industry to be situated in any of the three sheanuts producing regions.
Naba Bewong said this when he chaired a national forum on transformation of Northern Savannah of Ghana underway in Bolgatanga.
According to him, the decision to lump the two together is hampering the development of the sheanuts industry and if nothing is done to separate them the sheanuts industry will not develop.
The forum which started on Tuesday October 25 and expected to end on October 27, 2016, is being organized by the Coalition of SADA Zone Civil Society Organizations and targeted at the presidential nominees of the NPP, CPP and the governing NDC.
However, on Monday, the NPP’s Nana Addo did not show up. A former northern regional minister under the erstwhile NPP administration, Prince Imoro Andani stepped in for Nana Addo the eleventh hour.
Mr. Andani told the audience the NPP will transform the SADA Zone through industrialization of agriculture. He however reiterated the party’s plan to change SADA to Northern Development Authority should they win power.
Similarly, Ivor Greenstreet, the CPP’s presidential nominee, also did not show up on Tuesday. His party’s parliamentary candidate for Talensi constituency, Clinton Bukari represented him.