President of the Millar Institute for Trans-disciplinary and Development Studies, Professor David Millar has expressed fear that the Pwalugu Multi-purpose Dam project will not happen anytime soon.
According to Professor Millar, “there should have been an aggressive communication to water down the expectations of the people, especially Upper East that this project is good but it can happen now.
“It is a Government of Ghana (GoG) project, that’s another problem; is not a donor-funded project. So once is in the budget, it will be done. Have you seen it in the budget?”
Speaking on the Day Break Upper East Show on A1 Radio, Professor Millar said the project should be done no matter which government is in power.
“It should be done no matter which government. In any case, the initial design was done during NDC only that they didn’t have the funding source. NPP came and said they have found the fund which was good news but some of us thought it was donor funding or some partner funding but it turn out to be GoG and we all know the struggle of GoG.”
He added that “we’ll encourage either them or any other government to start looking for donor funding support and then take our time to really invest in the project once and for all.”
The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in November 2019 cut the sod for the construction of the Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam Project.
The project, which is estimated to cost US$993 million, would consist of a Hydro-Solar hybrid system of 60 MW Hydro Power and 50 MW Solar Power.
The two technologies would complement each other to provide reliable and stable electricity supply to the national grid. The Project would also provide an irrigation scheme covering an area of Twenty-Five Thousand (25,000) hectares and improve water supply to the Northern parts of the country.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Osuman Kaapore Tahiru|Ghana