The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has said the Pwalugu dam when construction is done will minimize the havoc caused the spilling of water from the Bagre Dam from Burkina Faso annually.
This year’s spillage coupled with heavy downpour in the Upper East and North-East regions has destroy acres of farmlands, submerged several houses and has claimed ten lives.
Dr. Bawumia addressing the press after visiting the regions said “We have basically understood that to deal with this problem fundamentally, we have to have a flood control in the context of the Pawlugu Dam. That is the most important antidote to all of these. That is why we have moved to secure the Pawlugu Dam project, and this project is the biggest dam project we have in the northern region. It is the single biggest investment in northern Ghana since independence; it is about $1 billion dollars and the contractors are on site.”
However, the construction of the dam has started already but has come to a halt due to the floods.
The Kubore Zebila-Bawku road had some parts of it washed away making unmotorable.
“On the washing away of the portion s of the Kubore road making it inaccessible, the Vice President said the Ghana Highway Authority is waiting for the water to subside before contractors move on site to fix the bridge and reconnect the road” the Vice President said
Dr. Bawumia is on a 10-day tour to the North and had to visit the affected area to have a first-hand information on how the floods have affected the communities. He was accompanied by the Minister of Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery, Deputy Minister of Roads and Highway, Hon. Anthony Karbo and some officials from the National Disaster Management Organization, NADMO
Source: Ghana Waves