The Deputy Western Regional Minister, Mrs Gifty Eugenia Kusi has asked Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives in the region to be proactive and innovative to come up with pragmatic proposals to attract local and international investors.
According to her, under One District One Factory programme., the government was not going to put up new factories but that the various districts were to come up with their proposals for factories that they had comparative advantage and to seek appropriate private partners and investors.
Mrs Kusi said this during a town hall meeting organised by the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) in Takoradi to bring to bare government projects, programmes and activities.
She noted that many of the factories in the region collapsed because they were operated by the government and said all the defunct factories have now been handed over to the districts which are to collaborate with possible investors to revive them.
“ All Districts that have defunct factories should embark on investor- drive to help revive them since their revival can only be possible through private partnership , the government will not revive any defunct factory it must be private sector driven” .
The Deputy Regional Minister said it was time for MMDCEs to be up and doing to ensure that the various interventions, such as one district one factory, planting for food and jobs, one constituency one million dollars were achieved so as to enhance the living conditions of the people.
She said defunct factories like the Aboso Glass Factory, Bonsa Tyre Factory could be revamped through the one district one factory initiative if the right investors and partners were engaged.
Mrs Kusi commended government for intervening to revamp the West African Mills Company (WAMCO) which had to shut down its operations in 2014 and lay off more than 6,000 permanent and causal workers as a result of its indebtedness to the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and other cocoa processing companies.
She called on the management of WAMCO to put in place pragmatic plans that would ensure the sustenance of the company.
For his Part, Mr Anthony Sam, Metropolitan Chief Executive said the STMA was considering proposals for Waste to Energy and Agro processing under the implementation of the one district one factory initiative.
The waste to Energy programme, he said when it becomes operational would need a minimum of 300 tonnes of waste per day and would generate 7.8MWH per day , adding that it was estimated to employ 187 permanent and 500 unskilled and causal workers at a minimum operating capacity.
On the Agro processing programme he said , plans were advanced to expand an existing agro processing enterprise located at Kwesifrom near Mampong to process high quality palm and kernel oils for both local and international markets
Mr Sam said the company currently had 40 acres oil palm plantation located at Kwesikrom and intend to cultivate an additional 100 acres land they have acquired.
On other development Projects in the Metropolis, he said everything was being done to ensure that the needed amenities were provided and plans were made to create special market days for markets women who did not have stores and stalls at the market circle, Sekondi and Kwesimintim Markets .
He said due to the congestion at the Takoradi cemetery it had been closed down and that the Assembly was making plans to acquire lands at Mampong which he hinted would be privatised to bring sanity in the cemetery.
The participants raised concerns about bad roads and drains, governance and security issues, lack of social amenities in their communities, Galamsey , uncollected refuse, insanitary condition, delay in disbursing the disability fund and revival of defunct factories among others.