John Dramani Mahama has bemoaned what he describes as a waste of taxpayers’ money by the Akufo Addo government on a bogged one-village one-dam project.
The NDC flagbearer criticised the ruling government for constructing dugouts instead of dams.
He said the about 560 dams (dugouts) which are expected to be constructed by the end of 2020 are not fit for purpose.
“In 2016 when the NPP came with the promise of one-village one dam, I personally asked what kind of dam are you talking about because there are different kinds of dams but they refused to answer.
“I said I hope it’s not dugouts you’re going to build for us because we don’t need dugouts anymore after we decided to provide clean drinking water for our people most of our communities have small-town water systems or boreholes.
“And so my hope is that the dams you’re talking about are for irrigation purposes so that our young people can engage in dry season farming or gardening. But there was no response.”
Mr Mahama added: “The promises sounded very good and Ghanaians said let’s give them a try. Today the dams that they talked about are dugouts they are not even proper dugouts because most of our dugouts are able to keep water during dry season.
“These dugouts when the Minority went to inspect them in January-February most of them were dry. Even a few cows can drink all the water in the one-village one-dam dugouts. So the one-village one-dam has been a monumental waste of taxpayers’ money.
“We dug dams under GSOP, they should go and see the dams we dug, massive, holding water throughout the year and good for irrigation purposes.”
Addressing the Manwe Naa and his people in the Upper West Region as part of his campaign tour, Mr Mahama urged them to vote out the Nana Addo led NPP administration in the upcoming December polls.