Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has parried criticisms from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the government’s One Village One Dam project is deceptive and has caused financial loss to the state.
A statement signed by the Information Minister has explained that the NDC’s position on the matter is a deceptive exercise to downplay the benefits of National Programmes.
According to Mr Nkrumah, the people of the farming communities in the Northern part of Ghana asked for exactly what the government is currently building for them.
The NDC had described as the dams built from the projects as either ponds or dugouts.
“With reference to the model of the dams being constructed, it must be noted that the beneficiary communities, in requesting for the dams, did not request an Akosombo-like type of dam,“ Mr Oppong Nkrumah said in his statement.
“The model and specification of dams requested for under this programme are the exact types known to the people in the beneficiary communities,” the statement further disclosed.
“During the tenure of the NDC, the Mahama administration offered no credible responses when the people in the beneficiary communities requested for dams to support their farming. In the 2016 electioneering campaign, the NDC again offered no credible response when requests were made for dams,” he said.
“The current 1V1D Programme is a solution to the irrigation challenges of the northern regions. The NDC will be best served if they provide alternative programmes to tackle the irrigation problems of the beneficiary communities rather than the usual resort to name calling,” the statement added.
Source: Adomonline.com/Gertrude Otchere