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Stop the Stealing at One District, One Factory; It Would Affect Sustainability- Deputy Central Regional Minister Cautions

26th August, 2020

The Deputy Central Regional Minister, Thomas Agyei Baffuor has bemoaned the thievery of products from some of the operational One District, One Factory sites. He said such behaviours from some of the employees has the tendency to affect sustainability of such factories going forward.

According to him, the NPP government has done very well to liaise with the private sector to provide factories across the country in all districts under the 1D1F initiative. He continued that even though the government has not been able to provide factories in all districts across the region, the government has done very well but was quick to add that if we don’t change our attitude and continue to pilfer from these factories, issues of sustainability would be a problem. He added that, it is the main reason why Ghanaians must renew the mandate of the NPP government to continue with the remaining districts which are yet to get their own factories. “I have been reliably informed that some people have started stealing from the Ekumfi Fruits and Juice factories and that is very disgraceful and must be stopped”.

The Deputy Central Regional Minister further explained, his minister has made it a policy that all bottled drinking water that the Regional Coordinating Council would need should be purchased from Petersfield and Ray which is one of the 1D1F stationed at Elmina. The main idea is to help in the sustainability agenda of the company he added. He further gave an example where when he visited China some time ago and wanted to buy an item from Shanghai, a Chinese convinced him to buy from his province. “The lesson I learnt was that, we need to patronise our industries within the region and that is the only we can guarantee progress and sustainability of our factories”.

Touching on free senior high, Mr. Agyei Baffuor said, “If any of the appointees joke with that policy, the president would sack them”. He added it’s a policy that’s dear to the heart of the president and government and that is the reason why government even pays for registration including passport pictures for all final year students.

He was speaking to Ben Nartey today Wednesday 26th August, 2020 on the Central Morning Show on GBC Radio Central looking at some of the goodies for the region in the 2020 Manifesto of his party.

When asked what his government has done to the health sector, the deputy regional minister said one critical intervention is the provision of 307 ambulances to the 275 constituencies across the country. According to him these ambulances have saved lives and continue to do and that is of paramount importance to total well-being of the citizenry. “Until you’re sick and dying and need an ambulance service, that is when you shall appreciate the essence of the ambulances”.

Reacting to issues of infrastructure, he said all Senior High Schools across the region have seen one infrastructure project or the other. “Anybody can go to either Mfantsipim, Adisadel, Holy Child, Wesley Girls or any other Senior High School to verify the infrastructure projects ongoing”. According to him, the comparison between the NPP and the NDC is very unfair and inappropriate because the all the achievements of the NPP are within the four years of Nana Akufo-Addo’s mandate while that of the NDC is eight years.

Touching on the airport brouhaha, he said there is no confusion between the President and the Vice. According to him, the President made his view known, and there is no confusion on what the vice said at the manifesto launch in Cape Coast. “Cape Coast is the first capital and until 1876 that the capital was moved to Accra”. Cape Coast deserves better” he posited.

He continued that when he heard people complain about the availability of land for such a project, he gets surprised because those who were agitating for airport sometime back, on what basis were they also doing that? He quizzed. “If you’ve a president who listens and willing to do as requested, what is the problem with that” he asked again.

He ended the conversation by thanking the host and the producer of the show for inviting him over to air his views on NPP 2020 manifesto. “Nana Akufo-Addo has very well and deserves another four years to more for us” he concluded.

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