Government is set to roll out four factories under the one district one factory programme (1D1F) after failing to meet the 51 factories target set for 2017.
The programme is part of President Akufo-Addo’s dream of industrialising Ghana and was flagged during the campaign period with the then governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) crying nay.
President Akufo-Addo at the launching of the Ekumfi Fruits and Juices Limited in the Central Region in August 2017 unequivocally stated that 51 factories would be ready for takeoff by the end of 2017.
“51 districts will start actual implementation of the enterprise by the end of the year , with the potential to generate a minimum of 80,000 direct and indirect jobs…” he said.
But this target was however, woefully unmet.
Speaking to Joy News, National Coordinator of government’s One District One Factory Program, Gifty Ohene Konadu, said the target was ignored because they (the government) chose to pursue quality rather than quantity.
“…they [Ghanaians] want quality, they don’t just want anything because I promised one district one factory…we have to do something that will last for an appreciable time,” she stated.
She added that four projects were ready for sod cutting amidst 69 others that are expected to take off in 2018.
This seems to be in sharp contrast with what Trade Minister, Alan Kyerematen, told Ghanaians in November 2017 that 192 business proposals had been approved for takeoff.
He said the commercially viable plans would cover 102 out of the 216 districts in the country.
Madam Konadu reiterated that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government was confident of delivering the entire 216 factories or more in each district within its 4-year mandate.