A Member of the Opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC and Deputy Treasurer of the Awutu Senyan East Constituency(Asec) Seth Sabath Serwonoo-Banini has asked President Akufo Addo to come clear on whether he is is building dams or a dug outs.
According to him what the president is building in the Northern parts of the country are dug outs and not dams since they lack qualitise of a dam.
Mr Sabath Serwonoo-Banini is therefore asking government to make public the cost of the dam and the processes involved in awarding the contract.
The Deputy Treasurer of the Awutu Senyan East Constituency was reacting to a statement by the Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah denying allegations by the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the dams being constructed under the One Village-One Dam project are not fit for purpose.
The NDC in a statement signed by the party’s National Communication Officer, Sammy Gyamfi, the NDC claimed that the Nana Addo-led government is “causing financial loss to the state” with the “shoddy” project.
“It has become abundantly clear that the One Village, One Dam policy was one of the deceptive promises of President Akufo-Addo, intended for electoral gain and not really meant to be fulfilled. It therefore comes as a surprise to us that this same President Akufo-Addo is promising to investigate complaints over the quality of ‘Dams’ constructed under the 1V1D program, whilst the Vice President is said to have also ordered that payment to some contractors be halted over shoddy work,” a portion of the statement read.
Responding to the accusation, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said: “Currently, three hundred (300) dams are under construction. Four (4) out of the three hundred (300) dams, representing 1.3%, are the only ones to have recorded challenges. These include ongoing works at the dam at Kajelo in the Kassena-Nankana West District, which was damaged by unexpected rainfall.
The damage has since been rectified. It is these four (4) that the NDC (which continuously fails to provide alternative solutions to the irrigation challenges up north), suggests are evidence of a failed programme which has caused financial loss to the state.
Mr Seth Sabath Serwonoo-Baniniexplained that these “dug out” have killed seven children in the Northern Region hence government must take this issue of dams seriously.
“Seven people are dead as a result of shoddy work and nothing is being done about it. If these people belong to the Presidents family i believe by now something has been done about it” he added.
He said the projects is not feacible and lacks policy framework.”How can you promise to construct 7000 dams in the northern part of the country ? There is no way you can construct 7000 dams in 7000 villages in the northern part of the country” the NDC Communicator noted.
For his part, the Chairman for the Ablekuma North Constituency, George Nkrumah asked the NDC to think about the welfare of Ghanaians and stop the propaganda.
He explained that the fact that 1.3% of the work was not done well does not mean the rest are also in bad shape.
The Ablekuma North NPP Chairman cautioned the constructors to desist from doing shoddy work.
Mr Nkrumah said the President Akuffo Addo will continue to implement programmes which are the interest of the citizenry.
By Victoria Soglo