President John Dramani Mahama has stated that the revamping of the Komenda Sugar Factory will bring about more jobs for the teeming unemployed youth.
Speaking in the Central Region as part of his “accounting to the people tour”, President Mahama promised that access road to the sugar factory would be awarded on contract to facilitate the smooth movement between adjoining communities.
“…Now that the factory is up, we are going to give the road from Komenda junction to Komenda on contract. It will not only come to the factory, it will go all the way to Komenda town and so that is the step of industrializing the country. Step by step we are changing lives in this country and we are transforming Ghana.”
“If we are able to encourage sugar growing in this area, the income that will be generated by the young people will be phenomenal and be able to change their lives so that we can produce enough to feed the factory. The factory will produce sugar to cut down the amount of sugar that we import into this country. Any amount of sugar that this factory produces, we will reduce that amount of sugar from coming in through importation.”
The President also encouraged authorities of the factory to give priority to the youth in the area during recruitment.
Government in April, 2014, secured a $35-million Indian Exim Bank facility to revamp the sugar factory.
A contract was thus signed with a firm to undertake the civil and engineering works, as well as establish an irrigation scheme for high-yielding sugar cane plantation to feed the factory.
By: Marian Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana