The vociferous former Central Regional Chairman for the largest opposition party,NDC ,Mr.Allotey Jacobs has made another big confession after openly apologizing to former President John Agyekum Kufour over palpable lies they told about him. Mr.Jacobs confession this time round is centered on One District, One Factory (1D1F) industrialization drive under the Ministry of Trade and Industry headed by Hon.Alan John Kwadwo Kyeremateng.
Alan John Kwadwo Kyeremateng
The former NDC Central Regional Chairman in a recent time with the media boldly confessed that “We initially took One District, One Factory (1D1F) for a joke but we really that, it can employ a whole lot of community. Looking at even at Ekumfi, where almost about Six Hundred (600) workers have been employed”. He said the surprising thing about a Ekumfi juicy is that,the fishermen are also planting the pineapples for the factory.
“How much more coming to Casa De Ropa, where the villages have taking it upon themselves to help survive this factory. It is an employment because every month they’re being paid. And like the President said, 80% of the employees are local women and in itself you’re putting money into people’s pocket”, he stressed.
It is fascinating that, the current Trade Minister, Hon.Alan Kyeremateng who trumpeted “Jobs for the people, Cash for the boys” in the run-up to the party’s flagbearership race in 2017 seems to have justified his desire of industrializing Ghana through 1D1F under Nana Addo’s administration. Available records indicate that, so far the Ministry of Trade has implemented about 232 projects under 1D1F with 107 factories currently in full operation and employing over 150,000 Ghanaians.
Allotey Jacobs Trade Minister,Hon.Alan Kyeremateng
Flashback! President commissions US$15 million Ekumfi fruits processing factory
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday commissioned the 15-million dollar Ekumfi Fruits and Juices Company Limited at a colourful ceremony at Ekumfi-Nanaben in the Central Region.
In August 2017 the President broke the grounds to commence the construction of the magnificent factory to begin the Government’s One District One Factory (IDIF) initiative as a means of igniting Ghana’s industrialisation and setting her on course for socio-economic development.
With a capacity to produce and package about 80 tonnes of fruits per day, the factory is expected to process a total of about 25,600 tonnes of fruit per year.
It has begun commercial production of its main brand; “Eku juice” with 300 million packs of juice annually for local consumption and for export.
With the more than 5000 direct out grower jobs within the community and its environs and 1,000 indirect jobs, the factory is projected to generate close to GH¢530 million in revenue annually.
President Akufo-Addo, at a gathering of the chiefs and people of Ekumfi, expressed joy over the operationalisation of the biggest fruit processing factory in West Africa, saying it was a manifestation of his Administration to propel the industrialisation drive at the district level as well as drive linkages to agriculture and other natural resources of the country.
He said the well-planned and well-thought through project had the required raw materials for its successful operations and that would be sustained through an out-grower scheme put in place.
He appealed for the unalloyed support of every Ghanaian as well as financial institutions to ensure the success of the project to better the lot of the people.
The President pledged to work on the road infrastructure in the area and improve health facilities and security for the wellbeing of all.
He thanked the traditional leaders for offering the needed support that facilitated the completion of the factory and asked them to do more.
Mr John Alan Kojo Kyeremateng, the Minister of Trade and Industry, said the much doubted factory was a clear commitment of the President to push industrialisation to a higher level, create employment and boost local economies.
The Government, he said, encouraged local industries to use available raw materials to ease manufacturing and sustainably create import substitution industries.
To show commitment to that effect, it had granted five-year tax holiday, waiver on import duties for machinery and flexible financing options provided by the Agricultural Development Bank and the Exim Bank.
Odaefo Nana Akyen VIII, Omanhen of Ekumfi Traditional Area, commended President Akufo-Addo for setting the pace for the rapid industrialisation of Ghana through policies like the Nation Builders Corps, Free Senior High School, and the One Village One Dam.
He pleaded with the President to provide health facilities and speedy construction of roads in the area to improve the standard of living of the people.
Mr Frederick Kobbyna Acquaah, the Chief Executive Officer of the Factory, express gratitude to government and the traditional rulers for the massive support the company had received.
As part of measures to sustain the raw material base of the factory, it had put in a well-planned scheme to increase the current out-growers capacity from 600 to 1,500, he said.
Later, President Akufo-Addo cut the sod for the construction of landing beach at Mamford and inspected works at the Casa de Ropa Factory, which processes potatoes at Gomoa Bewadze in the Gomoa West District(Credit: GNA)
In a related development, President Akufo-Addo on 21st August,2020 commissioned Casa De Ropa Potato factory. The story reads;
1D1F: President Akufo-Addo Commissions Casa De Ropa Potato Factory
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has commissioned the Casa de Ropa Potato Factory, a project under Government’s 1-District-1-Factory initiative.
Performing the sod-cutting ceremony on Friday, 21st August 2020, President Akufo-Addo described the day as “a very happy for the Central Region, and, indeed, for Mother Ghana”, especially as he had, on the same way, also commissioned the Ekumfi Fruits and Juices Factory, in Ekumfi.
“This afternoon’s ceremony is in fulfillment of the promise by Government, in partnership with the private sector, to set up at least one medium to large scale enterprise in every district of Ghana,” the President said.
Congratulating the management of Casa de Ropa for the progress they made have, and for being able to process orange fleshed sweet potato into puree, which are further processed into biscuit, bread, crisps and chips, using improved production technology, he noted that 1,150 direct and indirect jobs have been created by the factory.
“Another milestone achieved by the factory is the fact that women currently constitute more than 80 percent of the workforce, as a result of a deliberate policy to empower women. As the African Union Gender Champion, I commend management for this decision,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo applauded the decision taken by Casa de Ropa to be a Center of Excellence, through the collaboration with Universities and other agricultural institutions, to create a platform for research and knowledge sharing between academia and industry.
“This Factory, gradually, is positioning itself as one of the most innovative food processing companies in the country, with the potential to expand its operations to take advantage of the domestic market for processed food as well as the African market,” he added.
The President continued, “Government remains committed to supporting private sector operators, like Casa de Ropa, to become globally competitive, and, thereby, take advantage of market integration frameworks such as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), whose Secretariat has been established and commissioned in Accra.”
Commending the management of Casa de Ropa Ltd for their diligence and commitment to enhance the potential of sweet potato as a new cash crop for farmers in Ghana, the President also commended EXIM Bank for granting a financing facility of about GH¢14 million in support of the project, under the 1D1F programme.
Mumford Landing Site
Prior to commissioning the Factory, President Akufo-Addo visited the site of the Mumford Landing Site, a project with commenced on 16th November 2019.
With the topographic and geophysical surveys one hundred percent (100%) complete, and work on the breakwater is seventy percent (70%) complete, prefabrication of the concrete blocks for the quay wall begins in September 2020, with dredging work for the approach channel and port basin starting in December.
According to the Minister for Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, the Mumford landing site will be completed in June 2021, and will have the following facilities also attached to the site: an administration building, fish market, net mending hall, ice making plant, fuel depot, day care centre, toilet, and power station.(Credit: Communications Bureau,Presidency)