The eight districts that participated were Lower Manya Krobo, Asuogyaman, Ada East, Shai-osudoku, Keta, North Tongu, South Tongu and Central Tongu.
It was organized by the Water Resource Commission. In his opening speech, Mr. Ben Ampomah the Executive Secretary of the Water Resource Commission said it was important to share thoughts on the outcome of a number of studies that sought to positively impact the livelihoods of communities living downstream the Akosombo and Kpong dams.
“from August 2012, the Water Resource Commission and a number of partners including the Center for African Wetlands, Water Research Institute, International Water Management Institute, Institute of Environment and Sanitation Studies (Legon), Volta River Authority, and National Heritage Institute (Califonia) started a number of investigations on how the Akosombo and Kpong dams could be reoperated to achieve among others the simultaneous outcome of restoring downstream ecosystems and human livelihoods, increase the total electric power output, increase the reliability of water supply for hydropower generation; and reducing the incidence of water borne disease vectors”, he explained.
Speaking at the durbar, Hon. Mavis Ama Frimpong the Eastern regional minister said, the project is timely and will come a long way to better the lives of the people living downstream the dams when it is fully implemented.
“The research work that partners came to do together with government did not only look at reoptimization of these dams but also to restore the livelihood of our people. The dialogue today is a sign of a new day of hope to our people living downstream the dams”, she stressed.
Participants were given the chance to thoroughly discuss and ask questions pertaining to the project after presentation of various studies by the project partners.
Present at the durbar was paramount chiefs, Eastern regional minister, M/DCEs, chiefs and elders, queen mothers, and representatives of the partner institutions.
Source: Dangme News