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NORPRA leads CSOs to petition parliament on 1V1D and Pwalugu Dam construction


Members of civil society organisations (CSOs) in Northern Ghana have presented a petition to the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, on the construction of the One Village One Dam and the Pwalugu Multi-purpose Dam.

The CSOs, led by the Northern Patriots in Research and Advocacy (NORPRA), have appealed to the Speaker to intervene through Parliament to get the government and other actors involved in the construction of the 1V1D and the Pwalugu Multi-purpose Dam in the north to account to the people.

“We wish to humbly seek your intervention to call for value for money audit and transparency and accountability of the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA) of the country’s oil money you approved for these 1V1D projects.”

“Also, Summon the Special Development Initiative Secretariat and the Northern Development Authority to appear before Parliament to respond to questions on 1V1D expenditure and performance. Embark on a parliamentary field trip to 1V1D project sites in some of the communities where the dams are said to be 100 per cent complete to acquaint yourself with the realities on the ground.”

The petition said: “Mr. Speaker, our attention has also been drawn to a recent revelation regarding the payment of US$11 million on account of works executed on the purported Pwalugu Multi-purpose Dam.

“As citizens and, by extension taxpayers, we own the right to information on the said expenditure, as well as the use of all public resources.”

The petition stated that in theory, the 1V1D as one of the government’s flagship programmes under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) was meant to facilitate and promote double cropping in a year (2018 Budget, Parag 394), increase agricultural productivity, enhance food security, and reduce the food import bill, (2017 Budget, Parag. 496) for improved livelihoods of the people.

“This was greeted with great excitement by many across the country. In fact, the people of Northern Ghana were drowned in indescribable joy,” it said.

The petition said: “Mr Speaker, we wish to point out that the Northern Patriots is in Research and Advocacy (NORPRA), a civil society organization based in Bolgatanga with funding support from the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), engaged in tracking the 1V1D expenditure and performance from 2017 to May 2024.

“We found that all the dams are always dried up in the dry season, a period water is very much needed for dry season farming to address issues of low agricultural productivity, food insecurity, unemployment, poverty and hunger in line with the policy objective of 1V1D.”

It said also found out that, “on average, GH₵670,000 of Ghana’s oil money was spent on each 1V1D project. This gave a total amount of GH₵381,900,000.00 and that consultancy fee, which was 10% of the contract sum, stood at GH₵38,190,000.00.”

It said there was a historical fact that properly designed and constructed small dams in some communities in northern Ghana have been acknowledged in evaluation works done under the Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS, 2003) and the works of Kpieta B. etal, (2013) and Acheampong etal, (2014) to have significantly contributed to improved livelihoods of farming communities.


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