President John Dramani Mahama, commissioned the revamped sugar factory at Komenda yesterday. The factory was built by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah but eventually collapsed a short while after his overthrow.
The NPP scribe made this statement on Pink FM’s flagship show, Omanbapa Kasa when he spoke to Kwame Obeng Sarkodie this morning.
Elaborating his position, Takyi Mensah said “the cardinal factors were not considered before the revamp, there is no sugarcane to feed this factory”
The Central Regional Communications Director also added that as typical of the Mahama led NDC government, factories are being built without considering the availability of raw materials to feed them.
“For how long can the factory depend on farmers for raw materials…. the Minister for Trade and Industries, Ekow Speo Gabbrah promised of a 24million dollar loan facility from India to carry out an irrigation system of farming to grow sugarcane to feed the factory in the latter part of April,2015, where is that exercise?” he queried.
He also added that, the Buipe shea factory, Pwalugu tomato factory and the Kumasi shoe factory are facing the same fate and are collapsing.
“How can you depend on out grower farmers for sugarcane to feed this factory and for how long…now the president said a tonne of sugarcane will be bought from the farmers at an amount of GHC50 per tonne by the factory…who will do this kind of business….it does not make economic sense” he said
Meanwhile the Central Regional Communications Director for the NDC, Kwesi Dawood had earlier on sung praises to President Mahama on the same show by describing the project as a “technological big time investment” which has revived the hopes and aspirations of the people in Komenda, Central, Eastern, Western regions and the entire country.
“This factory will directly and indirectly employ 7,300 Ghanaians…this is a big business that has come to Ghana. For now, the country is relying on out grower farmers within a 100 kilometers radius for the raw material and will be paid in cash at the spot” He said.
Story: Akwasi Addo, pinkfmonlinegh.com