The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Hon
Robert Ahomka-Lindsey has commissioned in Bamang, a farming community in Kwabre
East in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, a Small bricks Charcoal factory.
The Small bricks Charcoal factory (production of Briquettes) from waste materials comes as an addition to the government’s 1 District 1 Factory (1D1F) campaign policy.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by President Akufo-Addo during the 2016 elections promised each district in Ghana a factory which served as one of the party’s mantra culminating into its overall electoral victory.
The ‘One-District-One-Factory’ programme is aimed at mitigating the growing unemployment situation in the country and also helps create economic growth poles that would accelerate the development of the various districts.
The Deputy Minister, speaking at the commissioning of the factory said the government is committed to supporting and creating an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive.
According to him, the government has commissioned two hundred (200) factories across the country under the ‘1 District 1 Factory’ policy so far.
“President Akufo-Addo is aware of the high rate of unemployment in the country. The government introduced the ‘1 District 1 Factory’ policy to help reduce the unemployment rate in the country. We will not build factories but will support the private sector to expand their businesses.
So far the government has commissioned 200 factories across the country” the Deputy Minister of Trade said.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Agricultural, Industrial and commercial products limited (AICPL), Alhaji Adam Suleman who was present at the ceremony in expressing his gratitude to the President remarked that the factory will employ over 150 workers.
He stated that the factory will mainly use waste materials including rice husk, sawdust, coconut husk for production.
Alhaji Suleman further revealed that the company will produce organic fertilizer which will improve the soil for crop production to support government’s planting for Food and Jobs initiative.
“Government 1 District 1 Factory policy implementation will surely help reduce the high rate of unemployment in the country. I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Nana Addo’s government for his commitment to support the private sector” he said.
The 1D1F policy aims to transform the structure of the economy from one dependent on production and export of raw materials to a value-added industrialised economy, driven primarily by the private sector.