1V1D Projects 75% Complete

Mavis Hawa Koomson

Minister for Special Development Initiatives, Mavis Hawa Koomson, says after visiting some projects sites and based on reports from consultants, she is satisfied with the work done on majority of the dams constructed so far under the “One Village-One Dam (1V1D)” policy.

According to
her, per the briefing of the consultants and contractors, all the dams are yet
to be completed with work done on these dams ranging from 75 to 90 per cent.

The
remaining works to be done to hit the 100 per cent mark include the completion
of some embankments, spillways, grassing of the back of the embankment and
outlet to direct water to the farming area behind the dam.

Currently, 300 small dams have been awarded on contract and are being executed in selected areas in the five regions in the northern part of Ghana, with the cost of each small dam ranging from GH¢200,000  to GH¢250,000.  

The minister
reiterated that each constituency in the five regions in the northern part of
Ghana is expected to get 10 small dams, thereby bringing the number of small
dams to 570. However, due to some challenges in the implementation of the
policy in the Tamale Central, the dams to be constructed by the end of 2020 have
dropped to 560.

Before
touring some dam sites in the Upper East Region, the Minister of Special
Development Initiatives and Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya East had
inspected some small dams in the Northern and North East regions.

In the Upper
East Region, there are currently 83 dams being constructed in some
constituencies and are at various levels of completion. The Upper East Region
is expected to have a total of 150 dams. 

Addressing journalists at the Maigogo dam site in the Tempane District of the Upper East Region, after visiting Denugu in the Garu District and Yabrago in the Tempane District, Madam Hawa Koomson said the dams had been constructed to contain more water to last through the dry season than before.

“The
dams cover a wide area and have a deep dugout inside to create room for extra
water. There will be a committee to draw up plans for another round of
community sensitization and also come out with other safety measures to prevent
accidents that have been recorded in some areas where the small dams are being
constructed,” she said.

The Minister
for Special Development Initiatives was accompanied by the Minister of
Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, and the Chief Executive Officer of the
Northern Development Authority, Dr. Abdul-Majeed Haroun.

The
Information Minister urged the media to help in sensitizing the communities to
restrain their children from swimming in the dam, and should not engage in
reportage that incites the people of the beneficiary communities against the
projects and government.

He also
insisted that the dams have not been completed and the current state of the
dams should not be reported as completed, because that will send a negative
impression about the 1V1D policy.

The C.E.O of the Northern Development Authority, Dr. Abdul-Majeed Haroun, hinted that the authority has a plan to encourage farmers in the beneficiary areas to go into lucrative all-year-round farming once the small dams are completed.

FROM: Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Maigogo



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