The Ministry of Special Development Initiatives has maintained that it is constructing one village one dam as specified in their promise.
The ministry has come under an intense animadversion after a video which is an excerpt of an interview granted by the minister Hawa Koomson went viral.
In the said video, the minister who doubles as the MP for Kasoa was heard mentioning that constructing “a meaningful dam” will cost not less than USDs 3million and so if she is given GHC 250, 000.00 she can only construct a dam worth that amount.
Some of the critics are of the view that her explanation is a confirmation that the ministry is constructing shoddy dams.
But in contrast, the public relations of the ministry Morro Kabori has stated that, the dams which are been constructed are the original specifications as promised by the NPP.
Speaking on Pink FM’s Morningshow dubbed Omanbapa Kasa, he told Ghanamanwofase that the dams which are been constructed are a replica but modernized dams constructed by the indigenes.
He stated that construction of the dams fall under the IPEP program under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives but in consultation with the Ministry of Agric and the Irrigation Authority.
On the video that has gone viral, the PRO mentioned that it is just an excerpt of an interview that was granted by the minister three months ago which has been carved by detractors of the minister and that Madam Mavis Hawa Koomson has been taken out of context.
He said the ministry will not waste money on something that can’t serve a purpose.
“These dams have been planned for an appropriate purpose to be used in the villages. And there are different types of dams that serve different purposes.
The purpose of the dam will determine the size or type of dam to be constructed. The money therefore given is appropriate for the purpose of the dam” he explained.
When asked whether those dams implemented by the ministry can stand the test of time, he stated emphatically that those dams can serve the indigenes for about forty years.
He further explained that about 550 dams are expected to be constructed but 300 are currently been worked on.
The One Village One Dam policy is one of the major promises in the NPP’s 2016 campaign manifesto.
Under Agriculture the NPP promised to “facilitate the provision of community-owned and managed small-scale irrigation facilities across the country, especially in northern Ghana through the policy of “One Village, One Dam”.
Story by : Pascaline Tengey/pinkfmonlinegh.com