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UE: NPP’s Peter Azaare blames NDC for non-operationalization of Pwalugu tomato factory, meat factory

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Ghanaians are being asked to hold the National Democratic Congress to account for the non-operationalization of the Northern Star Tomato Factory in Pwalugu 6 years after it lost the election.

This is because, after the precious NPP government left office, the NDC failed to put steps in place to operationalize the factory between 2009 and 2016.

Speaking on the Day Break Upper East Show on A1 Radio, a member of the NPP’s Upper East Regional Communication Team, Peter Azaare explained that while the NPP has been in power for close to 6 years, it would still be appropriate for the NDC to take the blame for the current state of the tomato processing factory in Pwalugu.

“Most of these factories would go a long way [to promote the consumption of the local commodities] and the government is doing that [constructing factories]. Some time ago in the Upper East Region, there were these factories. They included the tomato factory just in Pwalugu.”

“In Kuffuor’s time, we tried to revamp it. In 2007, 2008, they started production. The farmers liked selling their tomatoes to the factory. It was amazing and I do not know how come when the NPP lost power in the 2008 elections, I haven’t heard of the factory again.”

“Also, there was a meat factory but because of mismanagement, the factory went defunct. The rice mill at Yaregabiisi also had to go defunct during the PNDC/NDC era,” he said.

While admitting that the NPP has been in power for close to 6 years, Mr. Azaare explained that there are “processes in place to bring the factory to life.”

He recalled that during Rockson Bukari’s tenure as Upper East Regional Minister, some investors expressed interest in the factory.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Trade and Industry is expected to make a public statement on the state of the Northern Star Tomato Factory in Pwalugu in the Upper East Region soon. While it is unclear the exact day the statement would be made, the statement is expected to give clarity on the current state of the facility and all the processes that have been undertaken to revitalise the factory.

It would be recalled that Friday, November 19, 2021, the Upper East Regional Director of Business Resource Centre (BRC), Michael Abogoro, speaking on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show explained that plans are far advanced to ensure the operationalization of the said factory this year.

 

He said the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) with support from the African Development Bank (AfDB) had sought the services of a transaction advisor to ensure the revitalization of the Northern Star Tomato Factory in Pwalugu in the Upper East Region. The Advisor had undertaken all feasibility studies while financial considerations have been settled and added that all things being equal, the Northern Star Tomato Factory will be operational this year.

 

Speaking about the state of the factory today, Wednesday, June 8, 2022, on the same platform, Mr. Abogoro said he was unable to divulge information relevant to the state of the factory as MoTI would make public statements about the facility soon.

“Since November last year when I made that pronouncement, the Ministry’s attention was drawn to that publication and so that Ministry would officially be speaking to that in their capacity as Ministry of Trade and Industry. I do know that they are working round the clock.”

“I do not want to share any information regarding that one as the Ministry would be making an official pronouncement on it,” he said.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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