The Bui Power Authority will today, February 3, 2021, inaugurate six new business modules under its Livelihood Enhancement Programme (LEP).
The Authority had in 2019 developed business modules in a structured restoration programme to improve the lives of Project Affected Persons (PAPs) of the Bui Hydroelectric Project. Seventeen (17) Business Modules were initially developed with operational requirements and approaches.
The implementation approach had been to constitute the 816 eligible PAPs into groups under each Business Module and resource them with the required work tools/equipment, PPEs and facilities which fully set them up to undertake their respective businesses. The groups included Aquaponics Fishing, Sanitation, Fumigation, Weeding/Landscaping/Fire Control, Lawn Maintenance, Cleaning Services, Warehouse Maintenance and Event/Entertainment Management.
The new modules include Tractor and Garage Services, Artisanal Shops, Raised Fishponds, Fish Mongering and other Skills training. In total, 237 will benefit from the new business modules; bringing the total number of PAPs benefitting from the BPA Business Modules thus far to 409 out of the 815 PAPs.
Two main Business Modules are: i) Service Providers and ii) Standalone businesses. Service Providers offer services which the Authority and other entities require. The Authority automatically subscribes to and extends service contracts to such Groups – while other businesses, whose services are not required by Authority in the immediate term (categorised as Standalones), receive patronage from the Authority as and when the need arises.
It is estimated that BPA will spend GH¢4million in this regard. Thus far, an estimate of about GH¢2million has been disbursed.
Implementing the Business Modules is the Authority’s clearest demonstration of its commitment to improving the socio-economic wellbeing of the PAPs.
The development of Bui Hydroelectric Project caused seven (7) communities with a total population of 1,216 persons to be resettled, referred to as Project Affected Persons (PAPs). The affected communities included: Brewohodi, Lucene, Dam Site, Agbekikuro, Bui, Bator Akanyakrom and Dokokyina. The BPA resettlement programme was executed under three (3) main themes: Replacement of lost properties; Restoration of lost economics; and Maintenance of socio-cultural and traditional arrangements. Between 2008 – 2011, all the activities planned under the 3-themes were executed.
Replacement of lost properties
Under the ‘Replacement of Lost Properties’, two well-planned Townships, each located within the Bono and Savannah Regions, were developed. The Resettlement Townships have social amenities such as road networks, potable water, electricity, biofil toilet facilities, community centres and schools with playgrounds.
Restoration of lost economics Per the baseline survey carried out before the relocation, farming and fishing were identified as the main source of livelihood for the PAPs. Accordingly, to restore their economic livelihoods, farmers were alotted a 2-acre farmland – each with financial support to prepare the land for cultivation. Each household was given a Temporary Monthly Income Support for 12 months to augment income during the cultivation period. Also, Extension Officers from the Development Solutions Centre were engaged to assist farmers on best farming practices and improved crop varieties. The farmers were also constituted into cooperatives to enable them secure external funding. Fisher folk were also catered for, with the development of two landing sites to facilitate fishing activities on the formed Bui Reservoir.
Maintenance of socio-cultural and traditional arrangements
The development of Resettlement Townships and allotment of housing units were done to distinctly define each of the Communities, so as to ensure maintenance of their socio-cultural and traditional arrangements.