Govt to construct Pwalugu dam- Veep

Vice President, Dr Bawumia

Vice President, Dr Bawumia

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has hinted of government’s plans to construct the Pwalugu Multipurpose dam in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region to help harvest the annual spillage of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso which often causes floods in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.

 

The Vice President dropped the hint at Tongo in the Talensi District on Saturday after an assessment of the devastation of this year’s   floods and the spillage of the Bagre dam that hit the region including the Northern and the Upper West Regions.
He said the construction of the facility would not only help address the challenges often caused by  the annual spillage of the Bagre Dam, but would also be used for irrigation farming and the  generation of hydropower  for the nation.

“The NPP government is committed to the construction of the Pwalugu multipurpose project which will serve as a flood control mechanism and a source of irrigation farming for thousands of farmers. On October 1, a meeting will be held at the Jubilee House specifically on the Pwalugu multipurpose dam project. We are very determined to make sure this project comes to light and ‘Insha Allah’ it will be done,” Dr. Bawumia stressed.

 

It would be recalled that Parliament in 2008 contracted a loan of $525 million from the Brazilian government to contract the Pwalugu multipurpose dam in the Upper East Region, and the Juala Dam in the Northern Region but could not execute the projects.

 

Also in 2016, the Chief Executive Officer of the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), Dr. Charles Abugre, disclosed that 700 million dollars was required to construct the Pwalugu multi-purpose dam project.
Dr. Abugre said at that time SADA was working through the government of Ghana to raise the $700 million from the World Bank to execute the Pwalugu multi-purpose dam project.

“The cost of the project is about $700 million, and all the paper work was completed six months ago; but there is some contention around the environmental impact which we are trying to deal with. It requires government’s commitment to mobilise the $700 million.  We kept it in government priority agenda so we have pushed it on the World Bank and it can only start next year,” Mr. Abugre said at that year.

FROM SAMUEL AKAPULE, TONGO

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