The Former President and 2020 Presidential Candidate for the NDC, John Dramani Mahama has ridiculed government’s One Village One Dam (1V1D) by calling it a monumental waste of the taxpayers money. He said government during the electioneering period in 2016 pledged to construct dams for villages across northern sector.
Mr. Mahama said government’s promise under the 1V1D has proved to be untrue since the dams are unable to hold meaningful amounts of water during the dry period.
He said checks by the Minority in Parliament indicated that water in most of the dams had dried up, leaving communities still struggling for water during the long dry spell.
The Former President said the NDC’s government will focus on building agricultural infrastructure to aid agricultural development for rural folk.
On mining, the Former President was unhappy that the current government chose to use soldiers to address the issues. He said when voted for, he will ensure that the soldiers are withdrawn, all seized concessions will be returned along with siezed equipment.
Mr Mahama said the next NDC government will formalize the small scale mining sector through the formation of small scale mining cooperatives with registration through the various MMDAs.
He said the formalisation of the sector is to ensure safety of the miners and the conservation of the environment.
He said this while speaking to the chiefs and people of Manwe in the Wa East District. The former president is currently in the Upper West Region for a 4 day tour.