Despite their excitement over the construction of dams under the “One Village, One Dam” programme for dry season farming, some beneficiary farmers across Upper East are demanding for good work to be done on the dams being constructed.

Under the programme, government through the Ministry for Special Initiatives and the District Assemblies is expected to invest in the construction of dams for farming purposes and also serve as source of water for livestock belonging to community members.

The latest call for good work to be done on the community dams came from some residents in the Dachio Community in the Bolgatanga East District.

They called on the District Chief Executive, Rev. Professor Abole, as well as Technocrats at the Assembly, to come to their aid and ensure that proper work is done on their community dam.

In their view, if the contractor is not called back to site, the dam that has been constructed in the community will cause harm to their lives and properties during the rainy season.

According to them, the embankment and the spillway of the dam are not properly built because the contractor used the same soil that was dugs from the dam to create the bank which they think will amount to Cos 90.

“If nothing good is done on that dam, as you can see, my house is just closer to it, and you can imagine what will happen to me and my family in the rainy season. I have nothing to say because I know very well that if nothing is done on the dam, in the rainy season, I have no choice than to spend the nights on tress.” A resident said.

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Assembly member of Dachio-Katanga Electoral Area, Ameayam Edward Agosigo, also raised similar concern, adding that he has raised their concerns at the Assembly and has been assured of a positive feedback.

When A1 News contacted, the District Chief Executive of the Bolgatanga East, he assured that he will inspect the dam with a team of experts and the consultant, before the dam will be handed over to the Assembly.

In a related story, a pupil of Ayopia Basic School in the Bongo District in the Upper East Region was reported to have drowned in a similar dam constructed in the district. This brings the number of deaths recorded in connection with these community dams to four in the Bongo District.

The Bongo District is the first district to benefit from the “One Village One Dam” Programme.

Source: a1radioonline.com | Moses Apiah | Ghana

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