Member of Parliament [MP] for Nhyiaeso Constituency in the Ashanti Region, Kennedy Kwasi Kankam has declared statements made by the Minister for Special Development Initiatives[MSDI ], Mavis Hawa Koomson as that which bothers her ministry alone and not the 1V,1D overall concept as speculated.
He said the comments by the MSDI he believes may have resulted due to frustrations she is facing from the project she is handling or communication failure since her issues addressed does not reflect what is actually on the ground regarding 1V, 1D initiative.
Speaking on UTV’s ‘Adekye Nsroma’ show, Kennedy Kankam noted, “Hawa Koomson’s issues addressed regarding 1Village, 1Dam does not in actuality reflect what is on the ground due to governments expectations, because her outfit is not the only channel embarking on the said project.”
He further explained in repetition “her [Hawa Koomson] statements bothers on her ministry only and not the entire 1V, 1D concept”
The Minister for Special Development Initiatives in an interview categorically stated that the pond-like dams constructed by her outfit is exactly what the Akufo-Addo-led government promised Ghanaians during the 2016 electioneering period and not Akosombo-like dams as beneficiaries are expecting to solve all yearly farming project in the northern part of Ghana..
“Look at the cost, GHC 250,000. If you are constructing a meaningful dam you don’t need anything less than 3 million dollars. So if I’m constructing a GHC 250,000 dam then what kind of dam are you expecting from me? That is the kind of dam we promised the people, we didn’t say we are constructing the 3 million or 6 million type of dam for them”.
Furthermore, the Minister said “We said one village one dam, we didn’t say or Bui dam or one Akomsobo dam for the village and when we say one dam in the village, some of us know the type of dam we are talking about, it’s not the bigger type, it’s for the people to use during drought and the animal will not go far so that people will steal them away or they will go and die on their way because if they are not getting water definitely they would die, so we needed some water close to the village.”