The management of the Bui Power Authority (BPA) has said the activities of settlers in its buffer zone is impeding its work, hence the recent demolition of some structures on its property.
A statement from BPA said its attention was drawn to various media reports on 20 May 2020 suggesting that it “burnt homes” of residents of Lapla, a purported community of Bongase in the Banda District of the Bono Region “based on tribal and political sentiments”.
It described the reports as misleading, saying: “The Authority wishes to state in no uncertain terms that this is totally misleading”.
“BPA has been vested with the lands for the Bui Hydroelectric project and charged with the duty of protecting all the lands, especially the buffer zone, which are the shores of the Bui Reservoir”, the statement noted.
“Human occupation within the buffer zone had dire consequences on the Dam’s operation as their activities increase sedimentation and siltation with their adverse consequences on the volume of water within the Lake. The importance of preserving the buffer zone, therefore, cannot be overemphasised. Protecting the Lakeside areas (areas around the Lake) from human occupation has thus become a central part of BPA’s operations. Accordingly, over the years, BPA has instituted measures geared are preserving the buffer zone around the lake.”
Below is the full statement