Deputy Ranking Member on Parliament’s Trade and Industry Committee Yusif Sulemana said the one-district, one-factory (1D1F) initiative under the NPP government has been a failure over the last four years.
According to him, a majority of companies under the initiative were first supported by the previous NDC government and the NPP should not be taking credit for them.
“Most of the projects they claim they have done got support from Mahama’s administration. I worked with EXIM Bank, hitherto, EDIF. We gave so much support to these companies. We didn’t name them as 1D1F.
“If we were to separate that from the total number of factories they claim they have done, then you will see they have done nothing,” the Deputy Minority Spokesperson on Trade and Industry told JoyNews in an interview.
According to the One-district, One-factory Secretariat, 170 factories are currently at various stages of completion. The secretariat says 76 factories are currently operational including 48 revived ones. It says another 94 are under construction.
Mr. Sulemana tells Joy News a lot of the factories under the initiative are not functioning because they were not properly thought through. “You need to give attention to the raw material base. You don’t rush in putting up the factory without the raw material. What they are doing is just help build white elephants. NPP failed because of populist approach to the whole concept of industrialization,” the Bole Bamboi MP noted.
“Rural industrialization is the way to go. But the way around it is not for you to just walk around and say that everywhere you see land, you want to put a factory there. No. You have to ensure basic economics. Factors of production. Raw materials are very essential. So, if you don’t build the raw material base, why do you put up a factory?” Mr. Sulemana said.
He says a future NDC government will better industrialise Ghana. “We are saying we will take our time to build a raw material base. We will solve the technical issues. And ensure that the factory runs all year round,” he insisted.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister for Employment and Labour Relations Bright Wireko-Brobby says the Ghanaian economy is on the path to a take-off following the laying of a good foundation over the last four years by the NPP. “A lot of things have been done already on the ground. So, the second term of Nana Addo is a take off stage. So, we are going to see massive development,” the MP for Hemang Lower Denkyira told Joy News.
“We are not now grappling to use resources to pay debt we came to meet. We are not now going to use the resources to be paying debt which we came to meet. We are now going to use the resources to actually put in place what we have intended and have planned with the people. So, we are going to see massive development come 2021 and beyond,” he added.