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One District, One Factory project to start at Ekumfi

By
Afedzi Abdullah, GNA

Ekumfi Essakyir (C/R),
Aug. 12, GNA – Government has finalised the necessary modalities for the smooth
take off of the One District One Factory Project expected to begin at Ekumfi in
the Central Region to help address the unemployment problem in the country.

The pineapple
processing factory, when established, would create over 10,000 direct and
indirect jobs for the people to boost the economic development of the area.

President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo said this when he addressed the chiefs and people of Ekumfi
on Friday, as part of his two-day visit to the Central Region.

He said the effective
implementation of the project will take Ghanaians out of poverty and make them
economically sound.

“I have said over and
again that Ghana is not a poor country, it is a rich country. We have to put in
place policies aimed at alleviating poverty,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo
said various flagship programmes by the Government was to transform the economy
for prosperity for the present generation and posterity.

He said his Government
was committed to rolling out programmes and interventions and working
assiduously to improve the living conditions of Ghanaians.

“The promises I made
to you was not just to win your votes but they are initiatives that would help
the nation,” he said.

He said with the
introduction of the Free Senior High School, parents would not have any excuse
for not enrolling their wards in school and thanked the people of Ekumfi for
voting massively for him adding that he would not let them down.

Mrs Gifty Ohene
Konadu, the Minister of State in Charge of the One District, One Factory
Project, said the pineapple processing factory would engage more than 5,000
out-growers and Government would also support the farmers with subsidised
fertilizer.

Nana Okakabeng Idan
XI, Acting President of Ekumfi Traditional Council, commended President
Akufo-Addo for the Planting for Food and Jobs programme adding that it would go
a long way to improve food security and solve the unemployment problem of the
country.

He appealed to the
President to convert the Atta-Mills Senior High School (SHS) to a boarding
facility to alleviate the plight of students who had difficulty in getting
transport to school due to its location.

Nana Idan also
appealed to the President to, as a matter of urgency, provide the District with
an ultra-modern hospital to address the health needs of the people.

GNA

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