The Pwalugu dam which is said to be the largest investment yet in the Northern Region of Ghana since independence at the cost of close to a billion dollars has been halted due to rains and floods.
The Vice President of Ghana, Dr Bawumia reiterated his stance on the popular multipurpose Pwalugu dam project as one that would control and permanently end the Bagre dam spillage, but upon his visit to the site, it was noticed that the rains are hindering the progress of the construction.
“The contractors were waiting to do the earthworks, I went there recently and realised for myself that the rains are hindering progress, the rains must end first, the floods are still there,” he said.
“Contractors are on-site with the needed machinery, but they want the water to dry up so they begin the earthworks. The clearing and camping have begun, they are ready to move with the work but the rains have to stop first,“ he said.
In a one-on-one interview on Asempa FM, the Vice President mentioned that the Pwalugu Dam after its completion would “irrigate another 12,000 plus hectares, control floods we face every year and generate electricity.”
The Vice President while on tour in the region also donated some relief items including soap, rice, blankets, mattresses, water, cups, basins, used clothes, mats and oil among others as well as cash amount of ¢10,000.00 to the affected victims.
Dr Bawumia as part of his working visit to the region further inspected works on the reconstruction of the Tono Dam spillway channel in the Kassena-Nankana Municipal which got broken in October, 2019 after several days of heavy torrential rainfall.