The Honorable Member of Parliament for Asante Akyem North Constituency in the Ashanti Region, who is also a Deputy Minister for Railways Development Hon. Andy Appiah-Kubi has painstakingly clarified and explained the concept of the 1D – 1F to Parliamentarians and Ghanaians at large.
Taking his turn to contribute to the 2019 Fiscal year budget on the floor of Parliament, the former CEO of the Ghana Free Zones Board advised all Parliamentarians and Ghanaians to fully participate in making this audacious initiative of the government a success.
He therefore charged on all Parliamentarians and Opinion leaders to lead the way in making this dream of the Nana Akuffo-Addo led NPP government come into fruition.
“Mr. Speaker, may I seek your indulgence to explain the concept of the 1D – IF” he stated. “Probably everybody thinks we are waiting for government to implant factories into our Districts but Mr. Speaker, all of us who thinks like that are thinking negatively” he continued.
He therefore called on all Parliamentarians to get involved as the institution of these factories into the various Districts wont happen in a vacuum. “The setting up of the factories wont happen as manna dropping in our various Districts”.
He therefore advised Parliamentarians to lead the charge in ensuring that their various Districts at least put in an effort by way of improving the cultivation of the raw materials needed for the survival of these agro-based factories even before their setting up.
“Mr. Speaker, most of our industries in Ghana are agro-based and to be able to grow an agro-based enterprise, you need to start at the end of the value chain and that is to start doing the cropping”, he reitariated.
He stressed on the need to learn from the mistakes of the Mahama-led NDC government who set up a factory without making provisions for the cultivation of the needed raw materials to feed the factory.” Mr. Speaker, we should be learning from the experience of the NDC regime when the Komenda sugar factory was started with the construction of the factory when we had not prepared to supply the enterprise with the necessary raw materials