Ghana’s largest power generation company, Volta River Authority (VRA) has revealed that about 400 structures have been marked for clearance in both North-East and Upper East Regions before the Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam would commence.
The estimated cost involved in resettlement and compensation has not been known yet, but plans are far advanced in addressing this challenge before the project comes into full force.
Project Coordinator for the Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam project, Kwaku Wiafe revealed this in an interview with the media.
He said that the project, worth over GHc900 million awarded to China Power, is to be solely financed by the Government of Ghana.
Mr Wiafe has also indicated that the compensation of affected farmers and owners of structures would be paid by the government, hence, surveys are underway to ascertain actual areas to be affected by the project.
“The compensation will be borne by the government, and part of the work of the team will be to assess how much we will have to pay and who will be paid,” he stated.
He has, therefore, appealed to residents in affected areas to cooperate with them in order to realise the main objective of the much awaited project that would serve as a game changer in the northern part of the country.
However, preparatory works for the project will begin in June for actual work to commence in September 2020.
Meanwhile, the project has a duration of 52 months and when completed, will have an irrigation, electricity and a host of other components to propel economic growth in the country.