Drying Dams: A Colossal Loss to the State

Hawa Koomson and drying dams
Hawa Koomson and some of the drying dams

Some dams built by the government under the One Village, One Dam (1V1D) initiative have dried up after just one week of harmattan, reports MyNewGH.com.

Then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP in the lead up to the 2016 general elections, promised to roll out a one village, one dam initiative to tackle poverty and boost agricultural activities in Northern Ghana.

True to the president’s words, upon assumption of office, the one village, one dam initiative was rolled out under the supervision of the minister for Special Development Initiatives, Madam Hawa Koomson, and some government agencies. Madam Koomson subsequently identified about 560 sites for the construction of the 1D1V dams.

However, after construction of the dams began, a lot of Ghanaians complained about the shoddy nature of the construction works.

Some contractors were reported to have spent only one week in constructing some of the dams and subsequently packed their equipment and left the construction sites.

1V1D dam project site

Government however dismissed the criticisms and said, upon completion, the dams would be fit for purpose.

But reports emerging suggest the dams have started drying up only one week into the harmattan, leading to frustrations from the beneficiary communities and financial loss to the state.

It is unclear what government is doing about the current state of affairs regarding the dams.


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