Govt concedes challenges in 1V 1D

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has conceded challenges with the government’s one-village, one-dam flagship policy but stated the government was committed, determined and dedicated to rectifying them.

He maintained that it was a matter of fact that the government’s flagship policy was ongoing and that it was a fact that the dams would serve the purpose they were being constructed.

Mr Afenyo-Markin, however, admitted that the government acknowledged some challenges with the policy, but had shown determination, dedication and commitment in resolving same.

According to him, “the president’s assurance that investigations will be conducted is commitment, dedication and determination enough to suggest the government is ready to make things work.

“It is not easy for a government to concede and order an investigation so for a government to concede that there is a challenge let us in all sincerity and humility address them… we cannot pretend on the issues,” Mr Afenyo-Markin stressed.

Reports surfaced recently suggesting works on some of the dams being constructed in parts of the Northern Regions were substandard, triggering criticism against the government.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC), which was at the forefront of the criticism, described the policy as “deceptive” and that the government had shortchanged the citizenry by constructing what they termed dugouts and the contractors have been paid for substandard work.

The president and his vice assured of investigations into the claims of substandard work with the government issuing a statement and calling on the citizenry to disregard such claim.

In the statement, it described the claim as sheer propaganda and explained that the government delivered exactly what it promised.

Commenting on the issue, Edward Bawa, MP for Bongo, reiterated the position of the NDC, saying, “Even the technical underpinning of the policy was very terrible.” –

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