‘Rehabilitate Vea dam’

Naba Baba Salifu Aleemyaarum, the Paramount Chief of the Bongo Traditional Area,  has again appealed  to the government to rehabilitate the Vea Dam.

The dam, which is a major source of water supply and irrigation to the Bolgatanga Municipality and its environs,  is said to have its walls collapsing, due to lack of maintenance, since its construction in the 1970s.

The laterals and canals   for irrigation have broken down,  making it impossible for use by farmers for  the cultivation of rice, tomatos, onions, pepper and vegetables,during the dry season

Two years ago, government attempted rehabilitating it,  but the Vea community raised objections, demanding that certain things be done, so it was abandoned.

The Paramount chief, made the appeal to the Upper East Regional Minister,Mr James Zuugah Tiigah, and warned that if the dam is not to rehabilitated over the next two to five years, it could collapse and the people would not have water for domestic and agricultural use.

He regretted that the Vea Dam Project, which used to sustain the livelihoods of the people of Vea, Yorogo, Bongo, Nyariga, Zaare, Bolgatanga, Yikinee and other communities,is in such a deplorable state

“If the facility is well maintained   not only will it supply water to the  Bolgatanga Municipality and its environs,  but also help to empower the people to go into dry season farming, instead of migrating to the urban centres to search for jobs,” he stressed.

While commending government for trying to solve the fluoride content problem in water the Bongo District by providing the area with Small Town Water Systems, and the construction of the Bongo-Bolgatanga road, the Paramount Chief also appealed to the government to consider rehabilitating the Bongo town roads, especially the one to the Bongo Senior High School, which is facing erosion.

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