Fred Agbenyo, a Deputy Communications Officer - NDC
A Deputy Communications Director of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has charged government to learn from the past mistakes in its implementation of the ‘One-District, One –Factory’ policy. Fred Agbenyo said over the years, several companies were set up by successive governments without providing and ensuring sustainable supply of raw materials, which has led to the collapse of these companies. The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will on Friday at 1pm launch his government’s flagship policy – ‘One-District, One-Factory’ – at Ekumfi in the Central Region. The programme will be the formal launch of the implementation of the policy in fulfillment of a pledge by President Akufo-Addo to see the actualization of the industrialization of Ghana as part of the transformation process he envisages for the country. Contributing to discussions on Okwawu FM, Mr. Agbenyo said: “I am happy with this particular concept to the extent that it is not going to be purely a government project. The private sector is involved in the project and the private man is interested in making his profit so it will make sure the right things are done to get things going”. He explained that: “We have tomato factory in Tamale which is not working because of the raw materials. Farmers used to sell tomatoes to them but they stopped selling to the factory because they were getting better prices in the open markets than the factory”. “Some companies folded up because they don’t have the raw materials and this is going to be depending on agricultural produce and until we can guarantee ourselves that we are going to produce more for these factories, they will fail,” he observed. The NDC man added that “the Komenda Sugar Factory is also there. It needs raw materials to produce. The Tema Textile and Akosombo Textile factories are all not functioning and are all sitting there due to lack of raw materials”. The NDC Deputy Communications Director said, “it is a welcome news and any attempt to create employment for the youth must be commended but what are some of the things we have learnt from the past so that we don’t repeat that mistakes again”. “We should not be in a situation where we have to go and import raw materials before we can produce. If that happens, they are going to stop production.” Mr. Agbenyo advised that “we have to make arrangements and look at other international treaties on importation of foreign goods into the country so that they will not bring their goods to compete with the locals”. “How are we going to price our produce against the foreign ones because if Ghanaians buy the foreign ones instead of the locals, it will affect production and the energy sector is also key to industrialization,” he pointed out.


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