In this world, we vouch for people only when they prove to be worth it. They win our trust through their actions and promises kept. Inasmuch as I admit Ghana is not a utopia state and that there is more to be done, I think we have to celebrate our little achievements and encourage the leaders who made it possible.
Prior to the 2016 and 2020 Presidential elections in Ghana, the New Patriotic Party has been consistent on one thing and that is the 1 District 1 Factory agenda. The plan is to reduce, if not terminate, graduate unemployment in Ghana. Graduate unemployment has been a long challenge in Ghana and it appears the youths are growing out of patience in waiting for a leader who will solve the problem. Well, the President has visited factories he has created and/or resurrected through the 1 District 1 Factory flagship program.
In Kumasi, President Akuffo-Addo visited the premises of Darko Farms. The oldest and largest private poultry farm in Ghana which went has been out of operation for some time now. Through the 1 District 1 Factory, the poultry farm has been revamped by the government and KFC is prepared to off-take 100,000 birds monthly from Darko Farms.
In Koforidua, President Akuffo-Addo commissioned a 600 industrial machine company called “MaaGrace Company Limited.” It is a Private Public Partnership under the 1 District 1 Factory. They will produce utility clothing, uniforms for security forces, hospital scrubs, uniforms for hotels, uniforms for schools and the production of standardized uniforms.
In the Akuapem North District, President Akuffo-Addo commissioned a GHS6.2 million shoe manufacturing company called “Shoe Fabriek Ltd.” The state-of-the-art factory will be capable of producing 800 pairs of high-quality shoes, including security boots, school shoes and casual shoes for men, women and children, per day.
These are impressive and monumental actions that will go a long way in reducing unemployment in Ghana. It will also boost our export and make our currency stable. It will also reduce inflation and the cost of doing business outside the very shores of Ghana wouldn’t be tedious like it appears now. Like play, like a joke, the President is really working and like Oliver Twist, we can only ask for more.
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