- One of government’s projects under the One Village, One Dam (1V1D) policy has been washed away heavy rains
- The rains washed away the central portion of the dam wall creating a split and leaving behind a fragile structure
One of government’s projects under its flagship One Village, One Dam (1V1D) policy constructed in Kajelo, a community in the Kasena-Nankana West District of the Upper East Region, has been washed away by Tuesday, April 23, 2019’s heavy downpour.
A visit to the site revealed that the high water levels from Tuesday’s downpour, knocked down and washed away the central portion of the dam wall creating a split and leaving behind a fragile structure.
According to sources, concerns were raised by the community asking for proper reinforcement of the bank, but the contractor did not heed to their concerns.
Community members have expressed displeasure at the development, blaming the construction company for doing a poor job.
“Now that everything has been destroyed by the rainwater, it is a call on us to tell the contractor to take his time and do the work well and proper. We will resist any shoddy work,” they vented.
The District Chief Executive, Gerard Ataogye cut the sod in December 2018 and handed over the Kajelo site to Time Line Constructions Company Limited for the commencement of work.
Until the misfortune, major work on the project had been completed. It is gathered that planting of trees and river grasses along the bank of the dam to protect it was the contractor's next plan of action.
The Kajelo community project is one of the first batch of six dams approved and being constructed in the Kasena-Nankana West area. The district has been allocated a total of 10 dams with the rest going to communities including Sakaa, Kazugu, kuliyaa, Katiu-Saa and Kayoro.
Meanwhlie, Assemblyman for the Kajelo Electoral Area, Hilary Aniakwo, has said he is not happy with the turn of events and wants the contractor to return to the site as soon as possible.
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