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Jomoro to get fertilizer plant soon – President

Jomoro (W/R), Aug. 8, GNA – Government would
soon establish a fertilizer plant at Jomoro, in the Western Region, President
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has disclosed.

The proposed plant is a collaboration between
government and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), as well as the
Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC), and a fulfillment of the President’s vow to
site a factory in each district of the country.

The move feeds into a manifesto pledge of the
New Patriotic Party to leverage on Ghana’s petroleum resources to produce
fertilizers locally for the agricultural sector.

President Akufo-Addo made the disclosure when
he interacted with the chiefs and people of Half Assini, in Jomoro, on the
second day of his three-day tour of the Western Region.

With Jomoro set to be upgraded from a district
to a municipality in September, President Akufo-Addo noted that the inability
of the Assembly to approve a District Chief Executive (DCE) on three separate
occasions may hamper development.

“I am appealing to you. Help me by approving
the new nominee I am proposing as DCE for Jomoro. I can assure you that this
nominee is resourceful, hardworking and can do the job.”

President Akufo-Addo gave the assurance that
his government would manage prudently Ghana’s oil revenues, resolving to ensure
that oil proceeds do not find their way into the pockets of a few persons, but
go towards the development of the country’s education.

It is for this reason that a flagship programme
of his government, the Free SHS policy, would commence in September, which
would ensure that parents no longer bear the financial burden of taking their
children to senior high school.

“I have been bastardised by several persons
who claim the Free SHS policy is a misplaced priority, a lie, and cannot be
done. The Free SHS policy, I wish to assure them, will start from September.
The first students in the history of our country who are going to benefit from
the Free SHS will be doing so as from September this year,” he said.

Touching on the dwindling fortunes of the
cocoa sector, President Akufo-Addo noted that the policies and programmes
instituted by former President John Agyekum Kufuor ensured that the cocoa
production hit one million tonnes in 2010/2011.

However, cocoa production has since declined,
with the 2015/2016 crop season recording a production of 778,000 metric
tonnes. 

“My government is going to increase cocoa
production again to one million tonnes, and move it to 1.5 million tonnes in
the course of my mandate. We will also ensure that cocoa farmers gain their
pride of place in our society. We will make the cultivation of cocoa a source
of gainful employment once again,” he said.

With his government having been saddled with
huge debts, President Akufo-Addo told the Chiefs and people of Jomoro that he
remained unfazed and would put in place the necessary measures to ensure
improvement of the living conditions of the people, which included the
construction of the town roads at Elubo and Half Assini.

Later in the day, President Akufo-Addo visited
the Atuabo Gas Plant to familiarise himself with the operations of the
company. 

GNA

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