One hundred and seventy four (174) dams under the government’s One Village One Dam (1V1D) policy are at various stages of construction across the Northern region.
Minister for Development and Special Initiatives, Mavis Hawa Koomson, said the initial plan was to construct 570 dams but Tamale central which is a big city cannot have a dam, so 10 dams have been taken out, thereby reducing the number to 560 in all constituencies in the region.
She explained that, the first phase of the project will see each constituency benefiting from 10 dams that will provide irrigation to farmers, serve as animal husbandry and other domestic use.
Madam Hawa Koomson briefing the press at Bawku after a tour of some dam sites in the Northern and Upper East regions said work started far back in February 2018, with some feasibility studies across the country adding that not all dams could have same level of construction.
She revealed that each dam will cost between 200 to 250 thousand Ghana cedis, stressing that contractors working on the dams will only receive payment after they have finished and the Ministry satisfied with their output.
The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and Minister For Development and Special Initiatives, Mavis Hawa Koomson officials from Northern Development Authority with a team of journalists visited some selected communities in the Northern and Upper East Regions of Ghana to access progress of work on the 1V1D project
.Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the visit was part of efforts by government to track and ascertain first hand informant on the many developmental projects across the country.
Some of the communities the team visited were; Gonu in the Nantong district, Yamukarigu and Pishigu both in the Karaga District, Yaborge in the Timpani, Denugu in Garu district and Megogo in the Bawku central constituency.
Engineers at the various dam sites said works were between 70 and 80 percent complete.
Beneficiary communities expressed joy to the government and President Akufo Addo for siting the dams in their v communities which will keep them engaged during the dry season and contribute to improving their livelihoods.