The CEO of Kantanka Group as well as Kantanka Automobile, Kwadwo Safo Jnr has indicated that the company is making money and hiring people.
In an exclusive interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the CEO who is also a pilot said, although its not been easy, they are making an impact and contributing to Ghana’s economic growth.
Mr Safo Jnr noted that over the past 3 years, the company has managed to penetrate into the Ghanaian market.
‘’We are growing tremendously. We have started selling. It is a business making money and hiring people and contributing to the development of the nation. We started with two modules but we have five modules now. I wouldn’t say it has been easy; it has been tough but we have managed to penetrate,’’ he added.
The company he indicated will open an ultra-modern showroom at Achimota to allow customers purchase their brands.
He stated that the company has managed to manufacture over 300, 000 vehicles with over 100, 000 sold.
Prominent personalities including the Overlord of the Asante Kingdom, Otumfour Osei II, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panyin, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu; National Chairman of the NPP, Freddie Blay have all purchased vehicles from them.
Companies, District Assemblies, Ministries he noted have all purchased Kantanka brand of vehicles.
‘’By the grace of God, sales is good. We are surprised at this. Between October 2017 and now, we have been able to sell over 100, 000 vehicles,’’ he said.
When asked whether there have been any support, he said, from government side, there hasn’t been any support.
He added, ‘’when it comes to support, I am not looking at Kantanka alone. I am asking that government support the sector,’’ he noted.
Politicians he noted have made promises upon promises especially in an election year but when they win power, they ignore industry players.
He has also advocated for a policy that will support the industry.
Support for local vehicle manufactures he added would create jobs, enhance economic activates through tax incentives among others.
He cited legislations in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Angola and Egypt to back his call for the enactment of the appropriate legislation to help local vehicle manufacturing and assembling companies such as Kantanka Automobile.
Accompanying the CEO was the General Manager of the company, Francis Kodjo Kudoji who attributed the success story to the creating of awareness and strong social media presence.
The Kantanka brand he noted has been an accepted brand that sells by itself.
He also lamented the lack of an existing policy to provide guidelines for manufacturing companies in the vehicle sector.
The mission of the company is to manufacture and assemble cars with higher added value, expand our OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and create a niche market with new types of vehicles that gives value for money to medium and lower income earners in Ghana, Sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of Africa and also to supply Pickups and SUVs to government institutions, corporate bodies, private institutions, and customers at affordable prices.
The company is also using research, design to develop cars that these institutions and individuals will need by analyzing market trends, consumer behavior and surveys.
The vision is to see Kantanka vehicles as the prioritized and the most commonly patronized brand in Ghana and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has given an assurance that all the vehicles manufactured by the company have met the required standards.
Tests conducted by the GSA at its laboratories on the specification of vehicles assembled by the only local vehicle assembly plant in the country revealed that they have met the standards.