President commissions Ekumfi Pineapple Factory today
As President Nana Akufo-Addo commissions the Ekumfi Pineapple Processing Factory today, Friday, August 21, 2020, the National Coordinator of the One District, One Factory (1D1F) programme says actualization of the factory comes as a joy to Ghanaians.
Date Created : 8/21/2020 7:03:14 AM : Story Author : Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanadistricts.com
According to her, the whole country is looking forward to this because there has been a lot of stories and misconception about the Ekumfi pineapple factory spearheaded by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) party that it is an “existing factory”.
Again, people said after cutting of the sod for the factory that the place had been left bear and was a playing grounds for grass cutters and all kinds of talk about this project.
“We knew what we were doing; the building of a factory is not just a simple thing, it is difficult than building a house, anybody who is into construction knows putting up a platform alone can take not less than six months, it is a gradual process. And at each stage, there is something to show”.
She further emphasized in an interview that the commissioning of Ekumfi factory would come as a joy to the people of Ekumfi in the Central Region and to “us as NPP that the President has been vindicated”, that he stood by what he promised.
Mrs. Konadu recounted that President Akufo-Addo made a promise to the chiefs and elders of Ekumfi during a tour of the 2016 presidential election as they supported the idea of 1d1f and pleaded with then-candidate Akufo-Addo when he wins to establish the first factory in Ekumfi.
And added that it is not only at Ekumfi where a factory has been established but it is in other districts in the Central Region, but Ekumfi is the first and the major focus.
When questioned as to why education has not gone down well on 1d1f that it is a private initiative driven, she responded that the opposition NDC is harming on that as those who had been to her outfit has been clear to them that it is a private sector-led initiative.
“Those working on the initiative are happy that we are recommending them for the banks to give them loans and those who are really entrepreneurs are excited about it. We are not looking at blue or green, anyone who is serious and has a viable business plan we would help the person to put up a factory in the right location”.
And further explained that the real promoters do understand that this is a private-led sector initiative and expressed frustration in explaining these issues over and over as the opposition has made it a point to do propaganda with it.