Accra, Jan. 11, GNA – The Bui Power Authority (BPA) has started the presentation of land and housing documentation to the various heads of households resettled at the BPA Resettlement Townships in the Banda and Bole Districts of the Brong Ahafo and Northern regions.
A statement signed by Mr Fred Oware, the Chief Executive Officer, and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the process commenced on Thursday, January 11.
The BPA has formalized the allocation of lands and housing units, built as part of the compensation package, for the Project Affected People (PAPs) of the Bui Hydro-electric Project.
It said a total of 185 household units were constructed under the BPA Resettlement and Community Support Programme for 1,216 persons from seven communities and also the Game and Wildlife Officers.
The statement said the main elements of the Resettlement and Community Support Programme included: New resettlement townships, with the following Communal Facilities; Community Centre; Nursery, Place of worship, Boreholes, KVIPs and Houses.
Others are Compensation for loss of economic trees at Land Valuation Division rates.
The statement said grants covered resettlement of GH¢ 100 for relocation.
The statement mentioned that it was a one-off payment sum of GH¢ 100 for each member of the community including all age groups - babies to aged people.
It said farm grant of GH¢ 50 for tilling new farm was paid to each household to aid in preparing new farms lands acquired for them by BPA as part of their resettlement.
It said this amount went into ensuring that the cost of preparing the farm lands provided was not borne by the resettled farmer.
The statement mentioned temporary income support of GH¢ 100 per month for a household for one year to enable the resettled families’ time to properly adjust to their environment and re-establish their income generating activities even though the new environment was considered to be an improvement on the old settlement.
It said a period of one year was considered to be a reasonable time for this adjustment to effectively occur.
It said for this one year adjustment period, a monthly allowance of GH¢ 100 was paid to each household as support while the new farms were being tendered until full production.
It said livelihood enhancement would assist in alternative economic activities.
It said the Implementation of the Resettlement Programmme was divided into three parts, with phase A, involving the relocation of four communities living at the construction site, which included Agbegikuro, Lucene, Dam Site Village and Brewohodi.
Phase B involves the relocation of three communities living in the area to be inundated, which included Bui, Bator Akanyakrom and Dokokyina while “Phase C entails the relocation of officers of the Game and Wildlife Division living at an old and dilapidated Bui Camp.