The Minister for Special Development Initiatives, Madam Mavis Hawa Koomson has asked Ghanaians not to expect what she described as’ “meaningful” dams from the Akufo-Addo led government.
Despite fuming against the paltry money government has apportioned for the construction of dams in villages across the country, she insists, the kind of dams being constructed are deservedly of the amount allotted.
The educationist and New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for the Awutu Senya East Constituency in the Central Region, has angrily expressed indignation at the amount allocated for the constructions, saying they cannot be used for the projects’ intended purpose.
She says, Ghanaians should not expect a meaningful dam with an amount of GH¢ 250,000, indicating that, such amount is woefully inadequate. According to the Minister for Special Initiatives, “if you are constructing any meaningful dam, you don’t need anything less than $3 million.”
She said, “We said one village one dam, we didn’t say or Bui dam or one Akomsobo dam for the village and when we say one dam in the village, some of us know the type of dam we are talking about, it’s not the bigger type.”
She added, “it’s for the people to use during drought and the animal will not go far so that people will steal them away or they will go and die on their way because if they are not getting water definitely they would die, so we needed some water close to the village.”
She made these pronouncements , while speaking to some journalists in Accra.
The One-Village, One-Dam Project (1V1D) was promised by the NPP during the 2016 electioneering process.
The government therefore, earmarked GH¢94.5 million in the 2018 Budget for the implementation of the project in the three regions of the north.
However, there has been a wide condemnation and public anger over the execution of the dams that have been constructed so far.