NPP promised small dams to assist farmers, not international irrigation systems – DCE replies NDC

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The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Bongo in the Upper East, Peter Ayim Bissah Ayamga, says the New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised to construct dams to assist farmers in villages and not an international irrigation system.

This comment comes after the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) described government’s One Village One dam policy as a ‘failure’.

According to the NDC, the NPP has constructed dugouts which are in poor conditions and cannot serve the purpose for which they were constructed.

“It has now emerged that in place of the small-scale irrigation Dams the NPP promised the people, what they have provided so far can best be described as dugouts or excavated ponds. In the Upper East Region for instance, government is said to have completed about 40 of these so-called Dams (excavated ponds and dugouts) out of the 140 they were allocated in the year 2018,” the NDC said in a statement.

Reacting to this on Atinka FM’s AM Drive, the DCE for Bongo said that the Dams are being constructed in phases and are suitable for dry season farming especially in the Northern Regions.

He noted that Bongo has received its portion of the dams which were not in existence during the NDC administration.

Contributing to this debate, Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwasi Pratt Jnr said he had always maintained that the NPP’s 1 Village I Dam was impossible.

Meanwhile a statement by Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has rejected the NDC’s claims saying, about three hundred (300) dams are under construction under the 1 Village 1 Dam project.

Per that statement, about 99% of the projects are proceeding without incident and some of the projects have already started serving the beneficiary communities.

Ghana | | Vivian Adu Boatemaa