The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Ellembele in the Western Region, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, has taken a swipe at the ruling government over the 2022 budget presented before parliament last week.
He said the government started their administration with a big agenda of one district one factory and promised Ghanaians they would construct new factories but have failed the people.
The legislator said the government promised to build a new factory in each of the 260 districts in Ghana but they have not been able to achieve that.
He posited that when it became obvious they could not achieve this promise, they turned around without even accepting that they had failed the people and came back to tell Ghanaians one district one factory, and stimulus package was the same thing.
Contributing to the debate on the budget, he said what the government was only to rebrand existing factories as new factories to deceive Ghanaians.
About the Policy
The “One District One Factory” Initiative is a key component of the Industrial Transformation Agenda of the NPP Government.
The concept was first introduced by the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Presidential Special Initiatives during the past New Patriotic Party (NPP) Administration, as part of an integrated programme for Accelerated Growth and Industrial Development.
Originally designated as the Rural Enterprises Development Programme, and later rebranded as the District Industrialisation Programme (DIP).
It was designed as a comprehensive programme for rural industrialisation, involving the setting up of at least one medium to large scale factory in each of the administrative districts of Ghana.
The Programme seeks to address the challenge of severe poverty and underdevelopment among rural communities, through the establishment of an institutional framework that will attract private sector investments in rural development activities.
It also seeks to promote local participation in economic development, and encourage new community-based public/private partnerships.
The initiative aims to achieve this through a massive private sector-led nationwide industrialization drive, which will equip and empower communities to utilise their local resources in manufacturing products that are in high demand both locally and internationally. This will allow the country to reap the rewards of industrialization, increase agricultural and manufacturing output, reduce reliance on imports and increase food availability.