President Akufo-Addo has met two traditional leaders in the Central Region to deliberate on issues confronting their locality and map out strategies to address them.
The President, on the first of his four-day tour of the region, visited Komenda and Elmina in the KEEA municipality and interacted with the chiefs and people of the area.
At Komenda, Nana Kojo Kru, Chief of Komenda appealed for the immediate operationalisation of the Komenda Sugar Factory that has been abandoned since its opening some two years ago. This, he said, will salvage the unemployment canker in the area and enhance development.
Nana Kojo Kru again called on the President to facilitate the commencement and completion of an airport project that has long been promised the people of the area. He said previous governments had promised to initiate the project but none of them were able to fulfill it.
The Komendahen further called on government to give attention to the fishing industry by providing the necessary support to aid fishermen.
President Akufo-Addo, on his part, promised to work hard to address the concerns and requests made. Speaking on the Komenda Sugar Factory, the President said the factory was not properly planned by the erstwhile government before it was established. He indicated that the necessary logistics, and resources that were needed to make the factory work well were all not factored. He added it was set up in a hastily manner with no proper roadmap.
However, he indicated that government under the Ministry of Trade and Industry is looking for strategic investors who will partner government to bring the factory to life. According to him, the factory is a priority on government’s agenda and will get it functioning immediately all the needed resources are garnered.
President Akuffo Addo pledged his readiness to support the airport project and see to is materialization. He said though his government inherited a huge debt stock, he is ready to transform the economy.
The President touting his achievements said the Free SHS policy has created a 31% increase in student enrolment this year in the various senior high schools. According to him, a total of 180, 000 “young men and women” have had access to secondary education as a result of the policy.
A student receives the President with this placard mesage
The President also visited the Komenda Sugar Factory and inspected the project. He was briefed by the Minster of Trade and Industry, Mr. Allan Kyeremanteng on the way forward in putting the factory to work.
The President inspects work at the Komenda Sugar Factory. Accompanying him is the Minister of Trade and Industry Mr. Kojo Allan Kyeremanteng
President Akufo Addo again visited the Petersfield and Rey Croup Ltd, a citrus and bottled water producing firm which is under the one district one factory policy. President Akufo Addo inspected the facility which is yet to start operation in full swing.
President Akufo Addo receives briefing at the Petersfield and Rey Group Ltd.
In Elmina, Nana Kojo Conduah VI, Chief of the Edina Traditional area applauded the President for rescinding his decision to enforce a closed fishing season when fishermen petitioned him. Nana Conduah said fishermen in the area prefer the closed season to be done in the third week of May and end in the third week of June, a period according him, the fishermen say is not good for fishing.
KOJO DEI/ATL FM NEWS