Mr Speaker, I have some observation to make.
When the Volta River Dam was constructed, there was some intervention from the Government by establishing the Volta River Settlement, which was to cater for the economic, social and infras- tructural development of the resettlement towns -- In fact, that is at the upstreams, this did not cater for the lower streams.
There were 52 resettlement towns and there was supposed to be about an annual amount of five hundred thousand dollars to take care of these lower streams. This has not been reviewed for 40 years and the amount is now woefully inadequate. If you look at the infrastructure needs of these resettlement towns, hence I remember my Colleague got up and talked about the ferry crossing from Yeji to Makango.
If you go and see the ferry right now, you will not be happy. A ferry which used to take 35 to 45 minutes to cross, currently, use about one and a half hours to two hours to cross from Yeji to Makango. So you could see the situation of the ferry.
So what I am advocating for is, there is the need to renew the Act that established the Volta River Resettlement Fund. They are supposed to cater for the needs of these resettlement towns. Therefore, I will recommend that Parliament should look at which the Act
again and see whether the funding is adequate and certain things being provided for in the new Act, so that at least -- and also to take care of the Lower Volta which is already taken care of -- In fact, most of the 52 resettlement towns are in the Upper Volta; the Lower Volta is not catered for.
When we are reviewing the Act, we will be able to see those towns in the lower basin which are not catered for and then maybe, raise the seed money or the money annually paid for, which is five hundred thousand dollars from maybe, 1 million to 1.5 million dollars, so that at least, this can cater for the road infrastructure. If you go to most of the settlement towns right now, the infrastructure is nil, the schools they have built -- As my Colleague got up and said, they do not have teachers and other things.
So most of the youth migrate to the urban areas, leaving the poor folks who have settled there. So, what I am advocating for, is, if Parliament can review the Act at least, the Government can look at the funding.
My Colleague also says if the Government can establish a Commission that can look at the Act and bring it to Parliament and then we will be able to provide the necessary funding that will cater for the infrastructure.
With this, I thank the maker of the Statement.