The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has dismissed claims by the Special Initiatives Ministry that the NDC visited uncompleted dams in the Northern region during its Moment of Truth press conference.
According to the NDC, all the dams visited by the party were dams that the government had declared completed and had been used by farmers during the rainy season in 2019.
The Ministry for Special Development Initiatives on Wednesday debunked assertions that dams built under government’s One Village One Dam project are not fit for purpose.
It said claims by the NDC that the dams were not properly constructed were only meant to score cheap political points.
The response by the Ministry came after the NDC on Wednesday, March 12, 2020, toured three of the dam sites in Adibo and Nakpache in the Yendi constituency and at Zakpalsi in the Mion constituency.
The NDC said the dams in their current state would not be able to serve their intended objectives.
But the Ministry in a response said some of the sites toured by the NDC were dams that were yet to be completed.
In a statement, the NDC said “for the avoidance of doubt, the 1V1D sites we visited, in the company of journalists, in the Adibo and Nakpachie communities in the Yendi constituency, are all completed 1V1D projects.
“Contrary to government’s claims, these so-called dams, which are part of several poorly constructed dugouts by government, harvested and retained water during the 2019 rainy season but quickly dried-up at the early stage of the dry season. This was confirmed by members of the two (2) communities.”
Below is the full statement by the NDC
NDC responds to claims by the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives on fraudulent 1V1D Projects
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has taken note of a response from the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives to our Moment of Truth press conference on government’s fraudulent 1Village 1Dam projects.
We are not in the least surprised by the farcical response from the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives because President Nana Akufo-Addo and his appointees have demonstrated time and again that they have no respect for truth and for the people of Ghana. The penchant of the Akufo-Addo government to openly lie and spread falsehood even in the face of overwhelming and incontrovertible evidence is very well-known by Ghanaians.
We wish to state emphatically that claims in the press statement from the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives are nothing but barefaced lies and a desperate attempt to cover their shame relative to the fraudulent implementation of their much-vaunted 1V1D programme.
For the avoidance of doubt, the 1V1D sites we visited, in the company of journalists, in the Adibo and Nakpachie communities in the Yendi constituency, are all completed 1V1D projects.
Contrary to government’s claims, these so-called dams, which are part of several poorly constructed dugouts by government, harvested and retained water during the 2019 rainy season but quickly dried-up at the early stage of the dry season. This was confirmed by members of the two (2) communities.
The NDC will in the coming days release additional evidence to buttress this fact, as well as evidence of several other completed but dried-up 1V1D projects in the five (5) northern regions of Ghana.
We wish to place on record that the Akufo-Addo government has not constructed a single meaningful small-scale irrigation dam anywhere in Ghana such as the ones constructed by President John Mahama and his government in areas such as Sakpe and Zakpasi, just to mention a few.
This fact is amply buttressed by the Minister of Special Initiatives Development, Hawa Koomson’s own confession that the amount of GH256,000.00 allocated by the government for each 1V1D project is woefully inadequate to construct “any meaningful Dam”.
In the spirit of promoting a facts-driven and evidence-based public discourse on this important subject, the NDC demands that:
1. Government explains the basis of its claim that the 1V1D projects in the Nakpachie and Adibo communities are uncompleted. The government must tell the good people of Ghana in very specific terms, what makes the said 1V1D projects incomplete. Simply put, the government must explain to Ghanaians, what specific features these (2) projects lack and how different they are from completed 1V1D projects.
2. In line with the principle of transparency and accountability, the Akufo-Addo government should publish the full list of their so-called completed 1V1D projects so that the opposition, the media and Ghanaians at large can fact-check and ascertain the veracity of the claims being made by the Ministry.
It is an indisputable fact that President Akufo-Addo is serving the people of the North with poorly constructed dugouts instead of the small-scale irrigation dams he promised.
The NDC maintains that President Akufo-Addo’s 1V1D promise is the biggest scam ever to be perpetrated by any government on the people of the North.
The poorly constructed dugouts he has so-far delivered have failed to serve their intended purpose and have occasioned a huge financial loss to the state, for which reason the next NDC government will ensure that all those responsible for this stinking scam are prosecuted.
National Communications Officer
Thursday March 12, 2020.