The Bulpiela Community in the Tamale South constituency “feels bad and disappointed” that the government through the Ministry of Special Initiatives could not undertake a planned dredging of the Bulpiepla dam.
According to the Assemblyman for the area, Abubakari Issah, the Special Initiatives Ministry had informed the community in 2019 of intentions to desalt the dam as part of the one village one dam policy under the ministry.
“We even brought the Zachi and other opinion leaders, we took pictures and others. We feel bad that our community has not benefited, we feel bad that our community was budgeted for but we didn’t get the project.”
“They came last year, during the peak of the raining season that they were going to desalt the Bulpiela dam and they promised coming in December to work on it but till date we have not heard from the Ministry again”
Lamenting to Diamond news over their ordeal, the assembly member revealed that the dam, which is the oldest dam within the Tamale Metropolis has served the indigenes as a water source for all purposes over the years.
Abubakari Issah indicated that the chiefs and opinion leaders had agreed with the team from the Special Initiatives Ministry not to desalt the whole dam, but to fence it and drill boreholes near the dam to serve as a source of potable water for the community.
“The Chiefs even advised that they shouldn’t desalt the whole dam but a sizeable portion of it and if it’s possible we can fence it and drill boreholes near the dam so that people can get potable water from the boreholes but they went and never came back”
The Bulpeila assembly member said all efforts to reach out to the Ministry has proved futile.
Story by: Edward A. Ken-Zorre