May 12, 2021

Member of Parliament for Bole Bamboi Yusif Sulemana has said the One Village One Dam (1V1D) policy of President Nana Akufo-Addo to ensure farming all year round has failed across board, not only in his constituency.

According to him in 2017 his question on the floor of the House brought in the sector Minister to find out if the dams were going to be fitted with irrigation facilities?

“If you go into their manifesto it is to ensure that all year round farming would take place and the Minister’s answer was that, they would provide irrigation facility for these dams. Again they agreed that the so called dams are not dams but dugouts”

And that people of the then three Northern Regions did not ask for the kind of dams that people are talking about.

Mr. Sulemana who was speaking in an interview also pointed out that, “you and I know dugouts cannot keep water all year round, so the target of ensuring all year-round farming is no more there”.

He further pointed out that in Bole some attempts were made to do a dugout, and he has visited quite a number of them during the recess, “a place call Kampe they constructed gutters, you go there and there is no water there”.

Again, you don’t need someone to convince you that this is a dugout that is what is happening in all other areas, he said.

He, however, indicated that under former President John Mahama, there is evidence of a dam constructed when you go to a community call Kiapee.

“Go and see a number of young men who are using water cans to water their farms, doing dry season farming and we were expecting them to construct the John Mahama kind of dams”

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/