The government resolve to create one factory in every district is generally laudable which needs the backing of every Ghanaian especially today’s youthful population, who grew up to either read from textbooks, news papers, hear on radio or orally told by an elderly person that many factories were set up by Dr Kwame Nkrumah right after Ghana’s Independence across the length and breadth of the country, and took pride in same.
Ghana and Africa as a whole need such bold leadership actions and decisions as this. It within the dream of the founding fathers of the our dear country and particularly within the statement by the last member of the Big Six, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, to the effect that the African given the chance could manage his own affairs and end the “dependency curse.
Today not a single nation in Africa has the moral right, arguably, to say that she has not been given the chance after decades of political independence. The policy to create at least a factory in every district of Ghana, is therefore a bold indication that we are truly of age after 60 years of independence.
We, however urge the government to as a matter of urgency make the policy a state guided one and NOT state led as was the case of factories established after our independence in 1957. By state guided we mean the government should as much as possible refrain from directly financing these factories and only play a facilitation role such as the acquisition of land, provision of utility services, roads etc. Ghana does not need “Nine Day Wonder State Owned Enterprises such as the Ayensu Starch Factory at Bawjiase,which has been either sold or given to the Chinese to manage. It is a strong conviction of PIRAN that government should provide the blue print for the subject policy and allow the private sector, be it local or foreign, to bid in.
Existing factories and enterprises must also not be left out. They must be given the chance to duplicate themselves in other districts and regions in the country.
We also urge the government to, as a matter of urgency; involve the Association of Ghana industries (AGI), CSIR and the financial community if the policy is to be sustained.
Last but not the least we of public interest research and advocacy network (piran) wish to remind the government to consider nearness to raw material and power (electricity) as one major factor in locating the said factories in the various district as a sustainable approach to the one district one factory policy.