On November 29th, 2019, the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency (H.E.) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, cut the sod for the construction of the Pwalugu Multi-Purpose Dam Project.
The project, which is the single largest investment ever made in the Northern part of Ghana, and estimated to cost US$993 million, would consist of a Hydro-Solar hybrid system of 60 MW Hydro Power and 50 MW Solar Power.
The two technologies would complement each other to provide reliable and stable electricity supply to the national grid. The Project would also provide an irrigation scheme covering an area of Twenty-Five Thousand (25,000) hectares and improve water supply to the Northern parts of the country.
In addition, the Multi-Purpose Dam, expected to be completed in four years, would control the perennial flooding in the Northern regions caused by heavy rains and the spillage from the Bagre Dam.
Present at the Sod-cutting ceremony were the Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana, HE. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia; the Minister of Energy, Hon. John Peter Amewu; the Upper East Regional Minister, Hon. Paulina Patience Abayage; North East Regional Minister, Hon. Solomon Namliit Boar; Members of Parliament; the Chief Executive of VRA, Mr. Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa; Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives; a retinue of Traditional Chiefs; and other dignitaries.