The Akufo-Addo led administration’s One-Village-One-Dam promise has come under criticism with some residents in the beneficiary towns in the Upper East region casting doubts over the construction of the supposed dams.
With some contractors saying they were asked to construct dugouts and not dams, the Chief of Bongo, Naba Akaliga II has stated that the newly constructed dams do not indeed qualify to be called so.
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“It’s only for children to be playing football but not a dam. It is a piece of football park being constructed because the depth of the dam is not known, so in fact it is not a dam,” he criticised.
Meanwhile, the Upper East Regional Minister, Paulina Tangoba Abayage, who has expressed dissatisfaction with some of the works she has seen, stated she will remain committed to ensure the project is done as expected.
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“I know there are challenges with some of the constructions and two have come to my attention but I have spoken to the consultants and I can assure you that I won’t endorse payment for any contractor until I see the project is completed to satisfaction,” she said on Adom FM’s morning show Fabewoso, a segment on Dwaso Nsem show, Monday.
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“I can say the project will serve its purpose that is why we are spending so much money but when we talk of dams in our part of the country, we don’t mean the Bui or Akosombo dam or the super structures we have down south. We can look for the definition of dams and if it doesn’t fit, we can consider dugouts but when you go to the village, when people talk of dams, they are actually referring to dugouts,” she added.
Source: Adomonline.com | Gertrude Otchere