More than for years after the implementation of the One District, One Factory(1D1F) under the Ministry of the Trade and Industry, the Bongo District has set the pace in the Upper East Region.
This is in line with government’s deliberate policy to open up employment opportunities in rural Ghana by identifying potential areas for the establishment of local factories to meet the industrialization chain.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised Ghanaians during the 2016 campaigns of establishing factories throughout the country in all districts.
Unfortunately, there were delays in the execution of this policy in the Upper East Region due to some challenges.
The delay ignited a public backlash on government from residents in the region for what they described as a failure on government’s side to deliver its promise.
The region has not had any factory in the 15 districts since the NPP assumed office in 2017.
This played a critical role in the 2020 General election’s campaign which to an extent, affected the electoral fortunes of the NPP in the Upper East Region.
However, a shea butter processing factory has now been completed and ready to kick-start operations soon at Bogrigo in the Bongo District.
District Chief Executive (DCE) for Bongo, Peter Ayinbisa told MyNewsGh.com in an interview that, the project is a government of Ghana fully funded project through the Rural Enterprise Programme (REP) under the Ministry of Trade and Industry and it is expected to employ over 200 community members when operations begin.
” My district was fortunate to be chosen among four other districts from the region for this 1D1F project. I was able to lobby for this project through the Rural Enterprise Programme under International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)” he said.
Mr. Ayinbisa indicated that the factory is expected to process shea nuts into finished shea butter products and packaged for the market.
“This factory will purchase sheanuts from the locals and it is expected employ over 200 rural folks to produce tonnes of sheanut products when completed and it will be supervised by the REP dubbed the Enabled Youth Project with 50 youths as shareholders ” he added.
Meanwhile, an over one thousand tones capacity warehouse has also been completed in the district.