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Ghana, Burkina Faso To Reactivate The Joint Technical Committee On Bagre Dam Spillage

Ghana and Burkina Faso have decided to work together in support of the establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) under the auspices of the African Union.

September 19, 2018

Ghana and Burkina Faso have decided to work together in support of the establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) under the auspices of the African Union.

Both sides had begun high level interactions to find a solution to the spillage of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso that leads to the perennial flooding of the northern parts of Ghana, with its attendant loss of lives, property and farmlands.

Civil society groups in the agriculture value-chain have expressed concern over the perennial flooding in northern parts of the country, warning that the situation threatens Ghana’s food security.

The perennial flooding and the havoc are also caused by the spillage of the Bagre Dam in nearby Burkina Faso and the devastation caused by the spillage is having a negative impact on the livelihood of the people in the downstream who are predominantly smallholder farmers in Ghana.

Eight persons have been reported dead while two others are missing, following the spillage of the Bagre dam from Burkina Faso coupled with torrential rains in the Upper East Region.

Provisional data shows that the flood has also displaced over 6,000 households.

But President Akufo-Addo described as fruitful the deliberations between him and Mr Kabore in Accra, as “we have had personal meeting and meetings between delegations of both governments and have been able to cover a lot of grounds, and have no doubt when implemented, would benefit our populations.”

He disclosed that both sides had begun high level interactions to find a solution to the spillage of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso that leads to the perennial flooding of the northern parts of Ghana, with its attendant loss of lives, property and farmlands.

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