Comments to the effect that GH¢250,000 could not construct meaningful dams under government’s One Village, One Dam initiative made by the Minister of Special Development Initiative, Madam Mavis Hawa Koomson have been taken out of context.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ministry, Kabore Awudu Moro in a statement copied to MyNewsGh.com insists the comments misunderstood, taken out of context and misrepresented.
According to him, the interview lasted for more than three minutes but mischief makers for political gain chose to cut just 30 seconds section ostensibly to take her out of context.
Read the full text of his response below;
Our attention has been drawn to an extract from a lengthy interview granted Ghanaweb in which the Minister of Special Development Initiative is purpotted to have made some comments regarding the construction of Government’s initiative, One Village, One Dam
I would want to put on record after listening to the entire interview that, the Hon. Hawa KOOMSON pronouncements that has gone viral was misunderstood, taken out of context and misrepresented.
She never meant to say that a MEANINGFUL dams cannot be constructed by her Ministry per say due to the budgetary allocation but rather, she had wanted to refer to the SIZES of the dams in relation to the propaganda by political opponents who seem to suggest that, an Akosombo- like sort of dams should have been constructed instead of the Small Earth Dams that are being constructed.
She again, quote the GH¢250,000 to emphasis the types of dams being constructed and not to blame the sizes of the dams being constructed on the amount allocated for the project. In fact, the amount allocated for the dams was based on proper assessment on the needs.
It is my believe that she was taken completely out of context. The interview she granted was about 3 minutes long but for a reason not known, some people decided to cut just 30 seconds section ostensibly to take her out of context and to play mischief.
I put it on record that the Ministry is constructing an appropriate and meaningful dams in the northern regions that can serve the purpose of the beneficiary communities in the 5 north regions.
The dams being constructed are fit for purpose and a prudent use of the state resources.
For emphasis, the type of dam being constructed are well-engineered and appropriate for the beneficiary communities. In other words, there are different types of dams which comes in varying sizes; the Small Earth dams, the concrete dams, the bigger Irrigation dams.
MSDI is constructing the smaller types of dams called the Small Earth dams.
Kabore Awudu Moro
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