Former NDC Member of Parliament for the North Dayi Constituency, George Loh, is accusing the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of taking over existing dams and factories and claiming them as part of the their key campaign policies.
According to him, there is no single dam or factory that is owned by the government under the One Village, One Dam, and the One District, One Factory initiatives.
[contextly_sidebar id=”Agtyp5RTvVD9M9X4TzcJgW7rJ9sz8FW6″]Since assuming office in 2016, some factories have been commissioned supposedly under the one district one factory initiative.
However, some critics, including former President John Dramani Mahama, have accused the NPP of failing to deliver on these promises simply because neither the dams nor factories are evident enough.
Speaking on Citi FM/TV’s news analysis programme, The Big Issue, George Loh said the NPP is simply taking glory for what it has not worked for.
“Apparently, they go round and look for old dams to desilt and say they’ve built a dam. That is not what they promised the people of Ghana but consistently that is what we are seeing.”
“It is sad, ask them (NPP) why they have not been able to commission the Kente factory at Kpetoe. It is because the residents there have not allowed them to take it over. They went there and the residents disallowed them. That is what they are doing from place to place”, George Loh alleged.
116 dams under construction in northern Ghana – Hadzide
Deputy Minister of Information, Pius Hadzide, has indicated that about 116 dams are currently under construction.
He said out of the 570 dams promised, land had been acquired for about 116.
“Out of the 570 dams we intend to build in the three regions of the North, we are actually at work on 116 dams. The dams are at different stages of completion. For the 116, lands have been acquired, between two and three acres of land. Contracts have also been awarded.”
Over 300 proposals on 1 district, 1 factory screened – Alan
Three hundred and twenty-nine (329) proposals for the construction of factories under the 1 district, 1 factory programme have been successfully screened by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
This is according to the Sector Minister, Alan Kyerematen.
Mr. Kyerematen also said his Ministry had received over 700 proposals, adding that significant progress had been made on the creation of factories.
“Over 700 proposals have been received by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, out of this figure 329 of these projects have been screened and recommended to financial institutions for support for the implementation of these projects,” Mr. Kyeremanten said.
He said the screened projects have subsequently been forwarded to the appropriate financial institutions for funding.
Mr. Alan Kyerematen has said he will in due course furnish parliament with the details of projects under the One District, One Factory Policy that would be successfully implemented.
By: Nii Larte Lartey/citinewsroom.com/Ghana