The chronicle of one District, one factory (1D1F) came into existence prior to the 2016 election. As part of his campaign and manifesto promises, then opposition party leader and now the incumbent President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, made a huge commitment to Ghanaians of given every district a factory, when he is voted into power.
Without a shadow of doubt, His Excellency has kept his vows and made the popular household name One-District, One-Factory’ (1D1F) policy saw the day of light within hundred days when he assumed office on January 7, 2017.
With directive on how it will be implemented. The policy commenced manifesting on July 21, 2017, when the Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, in a mid-year budget review presented to parliament asserted that the ‘one-district, one-factory’ project is under way with fifteen factories pioneering the project.
As part of the President promise, the key policy was to spread Ghana`s ongoing industrialisation to all the 216 district across the country.
In remembrance toward 2012 elections, the ruling President made us believed that it was going to build factories on its own.
But after the elections we got to realized that it was solely going to facilitate and promote the nation widespread of the industries. His Excellence articulated that the New Patriotic Party ideology does not underpin State Enterprises. But his government was only going to facilitate for the private sector to set up these factories while it will institute novel ones to create employment.
On record, as of last year July, fifteen factories had only kick started in four regions. That is in Eastern, Brong Ahafo, Central and Greater Accra regions.
The fifteen instituted factories constitute, a pineapple processing factory in the Ekumfi District, a pineapple and orange processing factory in the Komenda-Edina- Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) municipality, a cassava starch processing factory in the Fanteakwa District, a cashew processing factory in Tema, a food processing factory in the West Akin District, a shea butter processing factory in the Accra metropolis, an avocado processing factory in Ningo-Prampram and the cultivation and processing of sweet potato into bread, chips and biscuit in Gomoa West.
Others also encompass a manufacturing of agricultural inputs in the Tema metropolis, garment manufacturing in the Accra metropolis and a tile and brick production factory at Tanoso in the Brong Ahafo Region.
Others include manufacturing and distribution of pharmaceuticals in the Nsawam-Adoagyiri municipality, the Accra metropolis and Suhum District.
These factories when completed are expected to employ 13,022 citizenry of the state. As on public record, an estimated amount of GH¢ 416,692,313.50, through the EXIM Bank was used to finance the projects.
As part of the president’s vision to promote the private sector to enhance his 1D1F agenda, he has commissioned two factories at the latter part of last year.
The factories are the Healthy Life Beverage Company and the Sunda Ghana Diaper Limited in Bortianor, in the Ngleshie Amanfro constituency.
The Healthy Life Beverage Company, which has been in existence for over a decade and produces fruit drinks, soya drink for the West African market, has seen an increment of employees from 300 to 1000 under Government`s flagship project. As for the Sunda Ghana Diaper Limited which is the largest diaper making factory in Sub- Saharan in Africa which is also under the 1D1F initiative has received an investment of $84 million. The company, as part of operating under the 1D1F initiative is currently receiving incentives such as tax holidays, import duty waivers and interest rate subsidy to help build it capacity.
As of last year December 9, at the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) 60th anniversary celebration in Accra, the president announced the implementation of 79 factories which encompassed the aforementioned above. He also spoke of “One Region-One Industrial-Park” policy, a stimulus package for distressed companies. Under that stimulus package the President stipulated that two hundred and thirty-seven million dollars ($237 million) has been disbursed to 16 companies, with an additional thirty-five (35) being considered for support.
Another evidence of president Nana Addo`s progressive 1D1F is the Brick factory own by Rhovanni Royal Limited in Tano North District in the newly created Ahofa Region, which as of February this year was 85percent completed but by now 15percent of the project has also been completed.
The factory which is supposed to produce bricks for housing and construction industry is expected to generate 1800 direct and indirect employment, to mitigate the unemployment rate in the district.
Seeking to fulfil his promises to Ghanaians in his tenure in office, the President this year in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) stated that fifty small-scale processing factories will be established by the end of this year in 50 districts across the country. He stated that these factories will be under the Rural Enterprises Programme, funded by the African Development Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. Also in the same vein, His Excellence promises of promoting the local industries, he has granted local textile industry a zero-rated VAT on the supply of locally-made textiles for period of three years.
So far so good, the president 1D1F on his radar has been fairly impressive. It a good vision from him to expand industrialisation in the country. This initiative of his in a long term after its completion will resolve the unemployment rate in the country. I second this initiative of his and hope after his tenure in office, even not all the factories are in existence, most of them which will instituted will its purpose.
I say to you Mr President kudos and keep fulfilling your promise for the betterment of our beloved country.
Writer: Aminatu Mohammed
Ghana Institute of Journalism