Members of the Talensi District Assembly on Friday, October 8, 2021, gave their votes to approve Thomas Duana Wuni as District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cut the sod for the construction of the Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam and Irrigation Project.
The project, according to President Akufo-Addo, “will be the single, largest investment ever made by any Government in the Northern sector of the country”, and is in fulfillment of a pledge he made to the Ghanaian people on February 21, when he delivered the Message on the State of the Nation.
Cutting the sod for the construction on Friday, 29th November, 2019, the President stated that the pledge he made was to the effect that construction of the Dam will “avert the perennial flooding caused by the spillage of the Bagre Dam”, as the construction of the dam will be the permanent solution to the problem of spillage from the Bagre Dam.
“Today, we begin the process of realising this pledge. Today, we start the process of helping to bring respite to the people of the Northern Regions of our country, and to lay the foundation for the sustained growth and development of the area,” he added.
The Pwalugu Multipurpose project will consist of three main components, namely the construction of a hydropower plant; the construction of a solar farm; and the establishment of an irrigation scheme covering an area of some twenty-five thousand (25,000) hectares.
President Akufo-Addo noted that the 60 megawatt hydropower plant and the 50 megawatt solar power plant will be the very first hydro-solar hybrid system in the country, with the two technologies complementing each other to provide reliable and stable electricity supply to the national grid.
Additionally, the irrigation component of this project, the largest ever built in the country, with 15,000 out-grower beneficiaries, the President added, will complement the gains made by programmes such as “One Village, One Dam” and “Planting for Food and Jobs”.
With the transformation of North hinging on creating infrastructure, and supporting agriculture and agro-based industries, the President bemoaned the fact that in the dry season, agricultural work comes to a halt in the Northern Regions, as farmers continue to be dependent on rain-fed agriculture.
“Irrigation, therefore, remains a key strategy to achieve food security, the eradication of poverty and generation of rural employment in the Northern sector, in particular, and, generally, across the country,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo continued, “With millions of dollars spent on rice imports annually, in the midst of an abundance of fertile lands, this project has the potential to increase annual rice production in the country by up to one hundred and seventeen thousand (117,000) metric tons, reducing rice imports by as much as 16%.”
Again, he revealed that the Pwalugu reservoir can accommodate up to one hundred and twenty thousand (120,000) cages of twenty-five (25) square metres each of fish, with an average yield of two (2) tons per cage, making possible the continuous development of the country’s aquaculture and fisheries sector.
This project, he added, is also very crucial to the realisation of the “One District, One Factory” initiative, as it will serve as a catalyst to developing agro-industry, including reviving the Pwalugu Tomato factory.
“Other hydro-electric projects, such as Akosombo and Bui, were intended also to have irrigation schemes, but they have, unfortunately, not materialised. The story of the Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam and Irrigation Project will be different,” he assured.
With the cost of the project, amounting to some US$993 million, President Akufo-Addo stated that the cost will be borne entirely by Government, and will be executed constructed under an engineering, procurement and construction contract by Sinohydro, and will be executed in 50 months.
“In all, two thousand, two hundred (2,200) Ghanaians, skilled and unskilled, will benefit fully from the project, with the contractor mandated also to source services such as catering, security, water, cement, steel, office logistics, and other supplies locally,” the President stated.
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com
The Upper East Regional Minister-designate, Paulina Patience Abayaye has promised to revive a defunct tomato factory at Pwalugu in her region when she is confirmed and sworn into office as a Minister. Appearing before the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Monday, the Upper East Regional Minister hopeful, spoke highly of the region and how rich it is in natural resources.
She said, the Upper East Region is blessed with arable land and farmers within the region are into cultivation of variety of vegetable, therefore, the Pwalugu Tomato factory will be revamped and rebranded to process the different vegetables.
Paulina Patience Abayaye is optimistic the rebranding of the factory to “Pwalugu vegetable processing factory’’ will boost production and in turn, yield good income for the country.
We all know that Pwalugu Tomato Factory is down now but there is a committee that has been set by my predecessor Honorable Rockson Bukari to look into the viability of the Pwalugu tomato factory and Zuarungu meat factory, she revealed.
She added, This group is thinking we will have to diversify that factory to produce not just tomatoes but vegetables so we won’t call it Pwalugu tomato factory again, we will call it Pwalugu vegetable processing factory.
The Pwalugu Tomato Factory established by Ghana’s first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah has been left to rot. The Pwalugu Tomato factory was set up at the Northern Region of Ghana to process tomato into puree and paste for the local market as well as for export. But sadly the factory has not been in use for a long while, however, statistics available indicate that Ghana spends $100 million annually to import tomato paste.
The Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has, on behalf of Government, handed over assorted emergency relief items to the victims of flooding in some communities in the Upper East and West regions.
The items include student size mattresses; bundles of clothes; chlorine; bags of maize, sugar and rice; boxes of cooking oil; soap; blankets; plastic buckets, bowls, cups and mats; bags of sachet water, as well as boxes of mosquito coils and treated mosquito nets.
The families of those who passed away as a result of the flood also received cash donations to help lessen the burden such deaths had imposed on them.
Unusually heavy rainfall this year has caused major devastation in parts of the three northern regions. The spillage of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso has only worsened the situation, leading to the loss of several lives and the destruction of property worth millions of Ghana cedis.
Affected communities include Mangu, Kambali and Kunbiehi in the Wa Municipality of the Upper West region; Walinbalee in the Sissala East District; Siniesi in the Builsa North district; Kologo in the Kassena Nankana East District; and Winkogo in the Talensi district, all in the Upper East Region.
Accompanied by the Minister for the Interior who is also MP for Nandom, Hon Ambrose Dery; Minister for Defence and MP for Bimbilla, Hon Dominic Nitiwul; Minister for Aviation and MP for Navrongo Central, Hon Joseph Adda, the Director General of the National Disaster Management Organisation, Eric Nana Agyemang-Prempeh, and other officials, Vice President Bawumia inspected the damage and commiserated with the victims.
He also pledged government’s commitment to deal with the factors that led to the floods and deaths, including broken bridges and the lack of flood control measures such as dams.
Responding to a call by the Paramount Chief of the Talensi Traditional Area, Tongo-Rana Kubilsong Nalebegtang, for the revival of plans – drawn up by the Kufuor administration – to construct a multi-purpose dam at Pwalugu and Juala, Vice President Bawumia disclosed that President Akufo-Addo was paying keen attention to the matter, and Government is holding consultations to fast track the construction of the dam.
Vice President Bawumia explained that the Pwalugu project would not only control flooding, but would also help to enhance agriculture production through irrigation and also help generate electricity to meet the growing national demand.
“Tongo-Rana, I can assure you that we are very interested in making sure that this project sees the light of day”, Dr Bawumia indicated.
The Vice President will on Sunday 22nd September, 2018 visit areas affected by the floods in the Northern region.
Ten dams under the government’s One Village One Dam Policy are set to be constructed in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region. The District Chief Executive, Dr, Christopher Boatbil, announced this when he handed over four sites to a contractor to commence the construction of the first batch of the Dams on Monday.
Addressing the Chief and people of Winkongo after handing over sites, Dr. Boatbil said the Dams will help boost agriculture in the district and called on communities which were yet to benefit from the Dams to exercise patience.
He assured the people of Winkongo that they will get another Dam, which has been part of his initial negotiation with Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP).
He recounted that the One Village One Dam Policy was a major campaign promise by then presidential candidates and now president Akufo-Addo and was happy his district also received its share of the dams which are aimed at watering animals, irrigating small scale dry season farming and also for domestic chores.
Dr. Boabil assured the people of Winkongo that he is in talks with the telecommunication companies to find a solution to the terrible network challenge in the area.
The contractor in charge of constructing of the four dams Prince Kamal Gumah of Gumah and Sons Company, told the media that due to the rainy season, his work will commence in November/December.
According to him, he is very ready to commence work immediately after the rainy season is over because there are available resources and equipment for the construction.
The four dams are located in Awaradone,, Yameriga, Kaare and Sawaliga communities
By: Ngamegbulam Chidozie Stephen/A1radioonline.com/Ghana
The District Chief Executive for Talensi Dr. Christopher Boabil has sworn in members of the District Committee Against Illegal Mining.
At a brief ceremony at Tongo to swear in members of the committee, Dr. Boatbil said the government since 2017 has been making efforts to stop illegal mining and other forms of mining that negatively affect vegetative cover, land and water bodies.
According to the DCE, the committee was formed on the directive of President Nana Akuffo-Addo. Having congratulated members of the committee, Dr. Boabil admonished them to work diligently to fulfill the vision of government.
The eight-member committee has the DCE as its chairman. The committee is expected to provide a work plan within a week.