The Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), has urged the government to learn from the fallouts of projects funded with petroleum revenues to hold the future selection and allocation
“The Ministry of Finance and agencies responsible for
“This is necessary as more projects will continue to be planned and implemented with funds from the ABFA,” a recommendation in a report on a value for money audit carried out on selected projects funded with oil revenues highlighted.
The energy think-tank explained that although oil revenues continued to be relevant to Ghana’s development, the manner in which projects were executed had the potential to truncate the impact of the revenues on development, hence the need to relook at the project selection and allocation based on the failures of previous projects.
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“ABFA disbursements must be made to projects that have been assessed to guarantee high economic, social and environmental benefits to the communities where projects are
ACEP conducted an impact analyses on two selected irrigation projects – Ohawu and
This is because residents of Ohawu continue to face the same challenges as they faced prior to the rehabilitation as the project remains uncompleted.
“Perhaps the challenge of the Ohawu project would have been prevented had GIDA taken the necessary measures to ensure that its evaluation of rehabilitation works on the dam was well done,” the report noted.
Keyime Irrigation Dam
Adzonkor is mainly an agrarian community with its people engaged in food crop production such as rice, maize, tomatoes
In 2007, the dam wall breached and could no longer hold water. Requests were made to the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority (GIDA), through the district assembly, for rehabilitation works. However, due to lack of funds, the request was not met at the time.
In 2013, the project was earmarked for rehabilitation following further requests. Finally, in October 2014, the contract for rehabilitation of the dam was awarded to Grumah Twins Company Limited. Work on the dam began in 2015 and was expected to have been completed by February 2016. However, the project could not be completed within the stipulated time due to lack of funds.
Ohawu Irrigation Dam
The Ohawu Irrigation Dam is located in Ohawu, a rural community located in the Ketu North District in the Volta Region of Ghana. Like
The Ohawu dam serves the Ohawu community, the Ohawu Agric College
The dam was constructed in the late 70s but later became malfunctioned when the dam wall collapsed. The Ohawu community requested for dam rehabilitation-mainly the reconstruction of the dam wall, extension of the dam canal and construction of a walkway along the ends of the dam.
Like the case of
Pre rehabilitation impact
Farming was, therefore, not seen as a lucrative venture and most young people resorted to providing transportation services by using
Members of the community engaged in charcoal production which they sold during the dry season to make additional income.
The report also highlighted the social situation of the community which often experienced water scarcity resulting in health complications due to the reliance on alternative sources of water.
Community folks had to depend on the rains and in the absence of rains, sometimes had to dig trenches to get water. This was very unhygienic for them, especially as they had very traditional means of treating the water for use - usually by using alum to settle the impurities.
Post rehabilitation impact
The report said farmers were now recording increased farm yields and incomes because they could grow more tomatoes, okra, garden egg, pepper, and maize and with the help of the dam, farming was done all year round.
The farmers harvest up to two crates of okra every three days and five crates of tomatoes every five days to earn at least GHȻ200.00 respectively depending on the farming season and market supply and demand.
“The completed dam has stirred up the interest of the farmers to farm new crops such as lettuce, cabbage, onions, cucumber and beetroot on the farms to increase their income,” it said. — GB