51 districts to get factories by end of year - Akufo-Addo

Speaking at the launch of the policy in Ekumfi in the Central Region Friday, the president said the "actually implementation" of the programme by the 51 districts has the potential to create a minimum of 80,000 jobs.

“It is envisioned that 51 districts will actually start the implementation of their enterprises by the end of the year with the potential to generate a minimum of 80,000 direct and indirect jobs,” he said.

According to the president,“it is now clear that this programme is destined to succeed,” and the naysayers who did not believe in the New Patriotic Party’s One-District-One-Factory’ project have been put to shame.

The launch of the policy in Ekumfi also saw the sod-cutting ceremony for the start of the Ekumfi pineapple factory.

The factory, when completed, is expected to provide jobs for some 5000 people.

The district industrialisation policy, according to the president, will stem the tide of rural-urban migration.

He said every district has raw materials that could be harnessed to create jobs for the youth.

“We have to banish the sector of young able bodied young men and women who leave our rural areas for urban areas in search of non-existent jobs.”

“Every district in our country abounds in raw materials and it is the vision of the government to create economic growth poles out of them. It is the only way we can deal effectively with the greatest threat to our future – widespread unemployment among our youth.”

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