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Ghana’s Bui Dam raises concerns – again – about hydro power projects

By Roger Gocking, Professor Emeritus,, Mercy College
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In the early years of African independence, hydroelectricity offered the promise of modernity and development. For then President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, the Akosombo Dam in Ghana (completed in 1965), in conjunction with the Aswan High Dam in Egypt (completed in 1970), would lead to the electrification of the continent. And it would help transform Ghana’s economy and boost development.

But by the 1970s and 1980s, the negative social and environmental consequences of large-scale dams were becoming…

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