Don’t politicise Pwalugu multipurpose dam project, says minister

The regional minister is dissatisfied with the progress of work at the dam but urged residents of the area not to politicise the project

Yidana Zakaria, the North East Regional Minister says he is not happy with some residents in the North East and the Upper East Regions who keep politicising the Pwalugu multipurpose dam project.

In an interview with Asaase News’ Dokurugu Alhassan, on the plight of the peasant farmers in the region, Zakaria bemoaned that some people are politicizing the project without considering the global economic challenges.

“Under the current circumstances, some politicians are behind the scenes thinking that they can play the minds of the people for political gains, but the question is, what do they do themselves because the problem of the Pwalugu multipurpose dam did not start just today,” he said.

He added that “so the politics of it, that some people think that they will use to run this government down in order to assume the reigns of power, I don’t think that is what the people of the North are looking for.”

The minister reiterated that the government is working tirelessly to see how it can arrange the needed resources to get the project completed.

The project, which is said to be the single biggest investment ever made in the Northern part of Ghana, was awarded to Sinohydro Corporation Ltd.

It is estimated to cost US$993 million and would consist of a hydro-solar hybrid system of 60 megawatts of hydropower and 50 megawatts of solar power to provide reliable electricity for the Northern part of the country.

But the contractor working on the hydro-power component to supply stable electricity to the North East and the other four regions has reportedly abandoned the project.

The company has moved its machinery and even the site camp which was located in Kurugu in the West Mamprusi Municipality of the North of East Region.

Although the contractor working on the irrigation component still has his equipment at the Sariba site, the workers are not working to get the project completed on schedule.

Some peasant farmers in the North East and Upper East Regions in a demonstration in October 2022 blamed the government for not disbursing funds to see the completion of the project.

Dokurugu Alhassan

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