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The government’s decision to establish one dam in every village in northern Ghana has received the thumbs-up from chiefs in the Builsa area of the Upper East.

The government’s decision to establish one dam in every village in northern Ghana has received the thumbs-up from chiefs in the Builsa area of the Upper East.


The chiefs, who paid a courtesy call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at Jubilee House in Accra yesterday, applauded the government’s development efforts.

One Village, One Dam aims to boost agricultural output by expanding Ghana’s irrigation network.

Speaking on behalf of the other chiefs, the paramount chief of the area, Naab Azagsuk Azantilow, said the completion of the dams will go a long way towards expanding Ghana’s flagship Planting for Food and Jobs programme.

Free SHS hits home

Touching on the Free Senior High School initiative, Naab Azantilow said that the policy has come as a great relief to the many parents who would otherwise have difficulty paying their children’s school fees.

He assured the President that the Builsa chiefs will support the programme and ensure that it is sustained.

“We from the Builsa Traditional Area support the Free Senior High School programme and will do everything within our power to help you to sustain it,” he told President Akufo-Addo.

Through government efforts, the chief said, 12 mechanised boreholes have also been built in his locale, and he thanked the President on behalf of residents for this.

In conclusion, Naab Azantilow said he and his fellow chiefs are pleased that the government has awarded a contract to build a bridge across the Santijan River.

They pleaded with him also to tar the Doninga-Santijan-Wa road, which has remained incomplete despite years of waiting by the chiefs and people.

Meet halfway

Welcoming the chiefs, President Akufo-Addo commended them for supporting the government in their own way. He said their efforts will go far towards making the government’s work easier.

Responding to Naab Azantilow’s comments on One Village, One Dam, President Akufo-Addo affirmed that the government wants to ensure year-round farming throughout Ghana by establishing new warehouses.

These, he said, will ensure greater productivity. “And then also we can find a way of keeping the young men up there to work for their livelihood,” he said, “instead of coming [to Accra].”

On his government’s Free SHS initiative, President Akufo-Addo said he believes Ghana now agrees that the policy is important and is working. The manner in which a broad section of the Ghanaian populace has accepted the programme shows that the government is doing something right, he said.

Buttressing his point, President Akufo-Addo said the development of Ghana’s human capital is of the first importance. “Once that is done, as we have seen from other countries, the process of development becomes much easier for us and much more rapid,” he said.

“That is why I am determined that, even with the limited resources we have in this country, we will prioritise it. Education is at the top of all our priorities as far as the future of our country is concerned,” he declared.