Gargantuan Promises Bawumia 'reckless and irresponsible' on 570 one-village one-dam promise – NDC MP

A total of five hundred and seventy (570) dams are to be constructed in the three northern regions this year.

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Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolgatanga Central Constituency, Isaac Adongo play

Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolgatanga Central Constituency, Isaac Adongo

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Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolgatanga Central Constituency, Isaac Adongo has taken swipe at Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia over claims that government is constructing 570 dams under the One-village One-dam campaign pledge of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

According to him, the claims by Bawumia are lies since the 2018 budget presented by the Finance Minister captured only 100 dams to be constructed at the cost GH¢660,000.

Dr Bawumia over the weekend had said a total of five hundred and seventy (570) dams are to be constructed in the three northern regions this year.

He said construction works will soon start as the rainy season is over.

READ MORE: 320 dams earmarked for development; 192 more in 2018

According to him, the country’s agricultural sector is key to national development, noting that it is an engine of growth to move our economy beyond aid.

However, Adongo in response said "the 2018 budget provided for only 100 dams to be constructed at the cost GH¢660,000,000 this year.

 

"My question is, where is Dr Bawumia getting his numbers from? Doesn't he know that there's an approved budget for this and he can't spent beyond what the appropriations act (budget) says? Where's he going to get the extra budgetary funding for the 470 dams?

"What sort of head of economic management team is he? How can an economist of his caliber and a vice president of this republic who claims to be a champion of fiscal responsibility council conduct himself in this way?

"He is seeking to commit government to spend an amount of GHS310,200,000 for the extra 470 dams (representing 470% budget overrun). This is unplanned and unbudgeted. A clear case of fiscal irresponsibility and financial indiscipline.

READ MORE: 570 one-village one-dam to take off in 2018 – Bawumia assures

 

"It is highly reckless, irresponsible and smacks of gross misunderstanding of the budget process. This should not be coming from the man who heads the economic management team."

"Is this the man who says he's competent and others in NDC don't read? Lord have mercy. By the way, who are his advisors? People must be fired for allowing this man to ridicule himself each time he speaks," he said in a Facebook post.

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