Chiefs and traditional authorities in the Sagnarigu Municipality have embraced the 1 village 1 dam program by the government to improve their livelihoods.
The one village one dam is one of the flagship programmes of the Nana Addo led NPP government, an irrigation policy aimed at making Ghanaian farmers crop all year round that will eventually become a net exporter of food stuffs.
Government in its 2017 budget earmarked ¢94.5 million for the implementation of the project.
The Sagnarigu Chiefs lauded the initiative at a sensitization programme by the Sagnarigu Municipal Assembly led by the MCE, Hon Iddrisu Mariam.
The Sagnarigu Municipal Assembly to implement the 1 village 1 dam program has been sensitizing beneficial communities about the project.
The sensitization programme was to dialogue with beneficial communities within the Sagnarigu Municipality about the implementation of the project.
The sensitization attracted large crowds’ especially farmers who became delighted about the implementation of the 1 village 1 dam program.
The MCE for Sagnarigu, Hon Iddrisu Mariam and her team, as part of the sensitization visited some new sites for the implementation of the program.
The team also visited some dry dams and old ones that need to be upgraded.
Speaking at the sensitization forum, Hon Mariam said, the programme is one of the deliberate pro-poor policy by the government to engage farmers all year round, adding that, the program will not only make Ghana food sufficient but farmers will increase their production and make money.
Hon Mariam said the time of depending on a seasonal rain for food production by farmers is over as irrigation farming has become reliable for year round food production.
She said, the dams will be sited where the communities deem necessary and old dams that need to be upgraded will also be taken care off by the programme, emphasizing that, though a government initiative, however, there is the need for broader consultation from the beneficial communities.
“This is not an NGO project to build dams for you, it is your government, the Nana Addo NPP government that is building these dams for you to improve your lot and increase your food production”. She said
The Sagnarigu MCE assured the people of the area the Assembly’s preparedness to ensure that the program comes into fruition for the benefit of the entire Municipality.
Twenty seven (27) communities in both the Sagnarigu and Tamale North Constituencies will benefit from the 1 village, 1 dam program including; Yilanaayili, Kunyevila, Kpene, Shigu/Garizegu, Ngaru, Katariga/Dabooggshei,Kukpehi/Kpinjinga/Sanga, Sagnarigu Kukuo, Dungu/Wayamba/Damankunyili.
The rest are from the Tamale north including, Kanvili Tuunayili, Gbanyamni, Nanton Kpawumu, Kanvil Kpawumu, Taha, Gbalahi, Kpuntalga, Kulaa, Wvogo/Wovogo Gumani, Gbrima.
The Sagnarigu Municipal Chief Executive, Hon Iddrisu Mariam was accompanied by the Assembly’s Technical team, Members of the Assembly and NPP constituency executives.