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General News of Saturday, 22 June 2019

Source: rainbowradioonline.com

Chiefs, residents of Yendi petition Akufo-Addo to approve $30m project under 1D1F

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

The Chiefs, public service workers and farmers in the Northern region have petitioned President Nana Akufo-Addo to grant Alafei Foods-a Company located in the region- the permission to operate under the one-district-one-factory policy.

The residents say the move will help the company secure a funding of $30 million US dollars and ensure the establishment of six factories in Yendi

The petition was sent to the President through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP).

The funding will Alafei foods to establish their industrial base in the Yendi municipality under the government’s flagship One District-One Factory project.

The petitioners believe this will enable Alafei Foods to partner with about 30,000 smallholder farmers in the area to grow substantial soya and vegetables to meet the protein and vitamin needs of schoolchildren.

The project will also improve the livelihood of the farmers and their families thereby bringing to an end, the juvenile delinquency in the area as well as ending the head portal “Kayaye” practice.

Claude Convisser, the Managing Director for Alafei Foods said, the petition, which has been presented to the Northern Regional School Feeding Programme Coordinator, Felicia Tetteh, will be submitted to the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Cynthia M. Morrison.

Madam Felicia Tetteh declared her support to the project and the school feeding program’s readiness to purchase Alafia foods’ products including their vegetable sauce, “soy meat” etc.

Mr. Claude Convisser said, “In the event, when this matter is referred to Cabinet, we petition the Regional Ministers of the five regions of the north, thus Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Northeast and the Savannah regions and the members of Parliament to prevail upon the government to award a no-bid contract to Alafia Foods recognising the potential its model offers for economic development across the rural north.”

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