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General News of Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

1D1F a political gimmick, Volta yet to see any factory – Volta NDC

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Volta Region has expressed concerns over what it says is the failure of the government to distribute factories across the country under the one district one factory policy fairly.

According to the NDC, a key component of the NPP’s 2016 manifesto that bought the party votes in some areas of the Volta region is the promise of jobs through its flagship industrialisation policy of facilitating the construction of a factory in every district of the country.

The party says no factory has been constructed in the Volta Region yet.

“We recall, H.E Nana Akufo-Addo at the launch of the 1D1F at Ekumfi, when he made it clear that there could be no prosperity for the people if we continue to maintain economic structures that are dependent on production and export of raw materials.”

This statement speaks to the peculiar situation of the Volta region where raw material production abounds with little or no value addition” a statement signed by the Volta Regional Communications Director of the NDC, Kafui Agbleze indicated.

National Coordinator of the ‘One District, One Factory’ programme, Gifty Ohene Konadu indicated in January 2018 that “the ‘One District, One Factory’ (1D1F) Secretariat is gearing up to commission 69 more factories in the course of the year”.

One of such factories is an agro-processing firm which was to be sited on a 16,000 acre land in Adaklu Kpetsu but Citi News has learned that disagreements over compensation packages for landowners have stalled the project until now.

Meanwhile, the NDC statement maintains that the Nana Addo government being in its third year with “absolutely no sign of 1D1F in Volta leaves one to painfully conclude that the 1D1F was just a campaign gimmick without any serious commitment to fulfil them to the people of the Volta region”.