Expect 570 dams this year – Bawumia assures UW chiefs

Dr Bawamia

Vice President Dr Bawumia has disclosed that a total of five hundred and seventy, 570 dams are expected to be constructed in the three northern regions this year as captured in the NPP’s 2016 manifesto captioned “One Village One Dam.”

According to Vice President Bawumia, the Sissala area, which is made up of the Sissala East and West districts, will get 10 dams.

Bawumia

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, made the disclosure at the annual “Paarigbielle” festival of the chiefs and people of the Tumu Traditional Area in the Upper West Region, on Saturday March 17, 2018.

Mahamudu Bawumia

Dr Bawumia said the construction of the dams will be another sign of the Akufo-Addo government’s commitment to fulfilling the promises made to Ghanaians ahead of the 2016 elections.

“Along with the Government policy of Planting for Food and Jobs, we have also initiated the policy of One Village One Dam, and I am glad to note that this policy is taking off this year, and for the three northern regions this year we expect the construction of a total of 570 dams.

VP Bawumia

“We expect to cut the sod for the commencement of this policy within a few weeks and in Sissala East, you will be getting 10 dams this year. In Sissala West you will get 10 dams this year by the Grace of God,” Vice President Bawumia disclosed.

“I am aware of the contribution of farmers in the Tumu Traditional Area to the production of cotton and the textile industry in Ghana, especially the establishment of the cotton ginnery at Tumu. I am informed that the machines at the ginnery can be made to work again even after being idle for quite some time.”

Dr Bawumia continued: “Government is in contact with prospective investors, some of whom have expressed interest in the Tumu Ginnery, and we certainly would facilitate the revamping of the Tumu Ginnery as one of the projects in line with our One District, One Factory policy.”

This year’s festival was themed “Paarigbielle festival, a vehicle for fostering good neighbourliness to propel the socio-economic development of the area”.

Some profile personalities who graced the occasion were, Interior Minister Ambrose Dery, who is also MP for Nandom; Water and Sanitation Minister Joseph Kofi Adda, who is also MP for Navrongo Central; and Hon Abass Ridwan Dauda, MP for Sissala East amongst others.

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