Government has finally fulfilled it’s promise in the Upper East Region on the much talked about One District, One Factory policy.
The Bongo District has become the first in the region to have a completed factory for sheabutter processing.
This is in line with government’s deliberate policy to expand employment opportunities in rural Ghana by identifying potential areas for the establishment of local factories to meet the industrialisation drive of the country.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised Ghanaians during the 2016 campaigns of establishing factories throughout the country in all districts.
Unfortunately, there were delays in the execution of this policy in the Upper East Region due to some challenges.
The delay ignited a public backlash on government from residents in the region for what they described as a failure on government’s side to deliver its promise.
The region has not had any factory in the 15 districts since the NPP assumed office in 2017.
This development played an influencial role in the 2020 General election’s campaign which to an extend, affected the electoral fortunes of the NPP in the Upper East Region.
However, a sheabutter processing factory has now been completed and ready to kick-start operations soon at Bogrigo in the Bongo District.
District Chief Executive (DCE) for Bongo ,Peter Ayinbisa in an interview with A1radionline.com said ,” My district was fortunate to be chosen among four other districts from the region for this 1D1F project. I was able to lobby for this project through the Rural Enterprise Programme under International Fund for Agriculture Development IFAD)”.
Mr. Ayinbisa indicated that the factory is expected to process sheanuts into finished sheabutter products and packaged for the market and create substantial number of employment.
“This factory will purchase sheanuts from the locals and it is expected to employ over 200 rural folk to produce tonnes of sheanut products when completed and it will be supervised by the Rural Enterprise Programme dubbed the Enabled Youth Project with 50 youths as shareholders ” he added.
Meanwhile, an over one thousand tonnes capacity warehouse has also been completed in the district ready to use.
Source: A1radionline.com com |101.101.1MHZ |Ghana